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Alleged $1.3m Fraud: Again Absence Of Business Mogul Stalls Fresh Arraignment

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By Ramatu Garba

Kano, – The  absenve of a business mogul, Abdulsalam Abdulkarim-Zaura, in court on Monday stalled his arragnment for alleged 1.30 million dollars fraud.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed a criminal conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of 1.3 million dollars charged against Abdulkarim-Zaura.The Prosecution  Counsel, Mrs Aisha Habib, told the court that Abdulkarim-Zaura was no where to be found for arraignment.“This is a criminal case and the suspect must be in court to answer his plea even if he is challenging the jurisdiction of the court for arraignment.“This is a total disrespect, he has to be in court before he can file an  application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to arraign him” Habib said.Counsel to Abdulkarim-Zaura, Mr Ibrahim Garba-Waru, told the court;”at this critical stage of the proceedings the presence of my client is not mandatory.“Section 266(b) of Administration of Criminal Justice Law(ACJL) 2015 says in a criminal trial the presence of the defendant is necessary but where there is an exception of interlocutory application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to arraign him can not take place”.Garba-Waru said his client was in court because he is not physically fit to stand trial.“Mt client on Oct.14, filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to arraign him and in as much trial didn’t start his appearance in court is not necessary,” he said.Justice Muhammad Nasir-Yunusa, said in a criminal case a defendant must be in court.“This is a criminal case Where is the defendant?”The judge ordered both parties to file written addresses on why or not the defendant to appear before the court and adjourned the matter until Nov.10.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on June 9, 2020 Abdulkarim-Zaura was discharged and acquitted by a Federal High Court  over a nine-count charge of 1.3 million dollars fraud.NAN also report that  the Kano Court of Appeal division on April, 2022 ordered a fresh trial of the case earlier dismissed by a lower court. (NAN)

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