$40m ‘fraud’: EFCC closes case against Jonathan’s cousin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has closed its case against Azibaola Robert, a cousin of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The anti-graft agency presented 10 witnesses in court to establish the alleged diversion of $40million meant for the supply of tactical communication kits for special forces.

Azibaola, Stella, his wife; and their company, One Plus Holdings; are facing a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption

At the court on Tuesday, the defence concluded its cross-examination of David Nkpe, prosecuting witness 10.

After that, Francis Jirbo, counsel to the EFCC, told the court that the prosecution would be closing its case.

“We shall be closing our case following the conclusion of the cross-examination of David Nkpe by the defence,” Jirbo said.

On his part, Chris Uche, counsel to Azibaola, said he would be filing a no-case submission to dismiss the charge against his clients.

He said the prosecution had failed to establish a nexus between the defendant and the alleged offence.

The case has been adjourned till March 9.