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Absence of former Accountant-General of the Federation in court stalls arraignment

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The arraignment of former Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Jonah Otunla, and eight others over alleged money laundering, was stalled at the Federal High Court, Abuja, due to his absence in court.

Otunla was to be arraigned on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), over allegations bordering on diversion of N2 billion from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

When the matter was called, only the second defendant, Mr Ade Adelakun, was in court.

Counsel to Otunla, Mr Ahmed Raji (SAN), told the court that his client was on a medical trip abroad and could not attend proceedings.

The judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, adjourned the matter until Feb. 27 for arraignment.

The EFCC, in the five -count charge filed against the defendants in 2017, accused Otunla and the other defendants of transferring the money from ONSA account with the Central Bank of Nigeria between June and August 2013.

The anti-graft agency alleged that the defendants withdrew the money from ONSA account purportedly for the supply of security equipment.

The agency further alleged that the fund formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.


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