COURT DIRECTS BELGORE SAN, PROF SULEIMAN TO OPEN DEFENCE

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos today, the 12th of April 2018 overruled the no-case submissions of Mr. Dele Belgore SAN and Prof. Abubakar Suleiman and directed them to open their defence. Both defendants are facing money laundering charges in respect of funds they received and shared alleged to have been domiciled at Fidelity Bank by the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and used as campaign funds for the 2015 general elections.

Justice Aikawa in a very short and succinct ruling stated that having gone through the evidence as well as the legal submissions and arguments of the defendants and the prosecution for and against the no-case submission, he is of the opinion that the defendants have a case to answer.

Mr. Seni Adio SAN who represented Mr. Belgore at the proceedings informed the court that they had filed an application asking the court to direct the prosecution to produce all the statements made by Mr. Belgore to the EFCC. Mr. Oyedepo referring to the application as an attempt to stall the opening of the defence stated that the prosecution had tendered all the statements volunteered by Mr. Belgore and had not kept back any. Mr. Adio insisted that there was more than one statement written by Mr. Belgore on a particular date and only one of the statements for the day was tendered by the prosecution. He rejected the insinuation that it was an attempt to stall further proceedings but stated that it was the statutory duty of the prosecution to produce all the statements made whether it favors its case or not.

The application has been adjourned to the 30th of April 2018 for hearing.

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