A former minister of science and technology, Abdu Bulama, and four others have appeared before the Federal High Court Damaturu on a seven-count charge of criminal conspiracy and money laundering.
Others defendants are Mohammed Kadai, a former commissioner in Yobe, Abba Gana Tata, deputy coordinator of Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Muhammad Mamu and Hassan Ibn Jaks.
The defendants are being tried for criminal conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of N229 million.
However, after their appearance, the court adjourned as one of the defendants was not in court and required medical attention abroad. The prosecution counsel, Haruna Abdulkadir, did not oppose the adjournment, noting that “the issue of health is natural, very vital and inevitable.”
The Judge, Justice Hammada Dashen, adjourned the case till Monday, October 15, and also ordered the release of the passport of the sick defendant to enable him travel.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, who is facing N7.6 billion fraud charges, has reacted to the claim by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecutor that he has jumped bail and absconded.
Kalu, who did not appear in court during his trial on Monday, September 10, expressed displeasure over the claim by the prosecutor, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN).
It was learnt that the ex-governor said it was not fair that Jacobs would urge the court to revoke his bail on the claim that he had absconded.