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EFCC vs El Rufai: Court Adjourns Suit To May 7

EFCC vs El Rufai: Court Adjourns Suit To May 7

The FCT High Court on Thursday adjourned hearing to May 7 in a case of alleged irregular land allocation and abuse of office brought against Nasir El-Rufai by the EFCC.

The adjournment was to enable El-Rufai’s Counsel, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), to certify the document to be tendered.

Agabi had earlier craved the indulgence of the court to tender a copy of an agreement letter entered into by the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) and Rosehill Group for the development of the post office site in Maitama.

Prosecution Counsel, Mr Adebayo Adelodun (SAN), opposed the admissibility of the document, saying the document was not properly tendered before the court.

Both counsel, however, agreed on a short adjournment after exhaustive argument on the admissibility of the document.

At the resumed hearing, Prosecution witness, Arch. Adeyeye Olu, who was Deputy Post Master-General of NIPOST, told the court that plot 3350, which was formally known as plot 3776, located in Maitama District, belonged to NIPOST.

He said that NIPOST applied for and got allocation of the plot from the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) in 1994.

He said that he had a copy of the application letter and the letter of allocation which the authority issued to NIPOST.

Olu further explained that the reason why NIPOST was unable to develop the plot as at that time was as a result of economic down-turn experienced in the organisation.

He said that on Jan. 6, 2006, he received a call that the said structure had been demolished.

In his cross examination, Agabi referred the prosecution witness to exhibit 15, noting that the prosecution witness said NIPOST derived its title document from FCTA.

According to Agabi, the prosecution said the title document was dated 1994 not 2004 as he claimed.

He said that the document presented as exhibit 15 (i.e the letter of agreement between prosecution witness and Rosehill Group) was dated Oct. 18, 2004 and not 2005.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Abubakar Umar, then adjourned the case to May 7 for continuation of hearing.

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