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US$1.3m Fraud: Court Orders EFCC to Produce AA Zaura for Arraignment

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Justice Mohammad Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Kano on Thursday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to produce Abdulsalam Abdulkarim Zaura before the court for arraignment in respect of alleged US$1.3million fraud.

Zaura a senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Kano Central was accused by EFCC to have defrauded a Kuwaiti indigene of through false pretense.

At a court sitting on Thursday, Justice Yunusa overruled an application by the Defence counsel challenging his jurisdiction to trial and other addresses bothering on whether Zaura should appear in person for arraignment.

Justice Yunusa who insisted that the trial appearance of Zaura for arraignment is a position of the law, however, instructed the EFCC to produce Zaura for arraignment on the adjourned date, when all pending applications could be attained.

Prior to the ruling, counsel to Zaura, Barrister I.G Waru had filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to arraign his client for retrial. Waru argued the lower court lacked all known potential to sit on the case which is already on appeal before the supreme court.

In his counter-reaction, the prosecution counsel, A. I Aroghn who urged the court to discountenance the stand of the defence noted that an accused person must be docked to take a plea before any prayer could be taken.

Although, Justice Yunusa had afforded the parties the opportunity to file addresses before the court to defend and against, whether or not the defendant applicant should appear in court for arraignment.

However, the court was compelled to take definite decision that, Zaura must appear in court after the parties failed to perfect responses to their addresses within the limited period.


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