Alleged N12.4m Fraud: EFCC to Appeal Acquittal of Suspect

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Kano zone has opted to appeal the acquittal of one Mansur Mahmood who was discharged and acquitted by Honourable Justice Ado Yusuf of the Jigawa State High Court.

The accused person was arraigned by the Commission on the 9th 0ctober, 2019 on a one count charge bordering on Cheating under the Penal Code Law.

Upon arraignment, the accused pleaded not guilty. In proving its case, prosecution counsel, Zarami Mohammed called four witnesses and tendered seven exhibits.

At the close of the prosecution, the defendant opted for a no-case submission. Subsequently, written addresses were filed and adopted. The case was further adjourned to 23rd day of January, 2020 for ruling.

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In his ruling, Justice Yusuf discharged and acquitted the accused on the ground that the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The court, in justifying its decision, described the testimony of PW4 who is the investigation officer (IO) of the case as hearsay.

Dissatisfied with the ruling, the prosecution has now applied for the record of court proceedings in order to appeal the ruling of the trial court.

James Obi: James Obi hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the social sciences, and has worked as a correspondent for various Nigerian national dailies for over a decade.
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