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Trial of ex-President Jonathan’s aide, Ngozi Olejeme in alleged N3bn fraud stalled by acute diabetes ailment

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The trial of former Director of Finance within the defunct President Goodluck Jonathan’s Marketing campaign Group, Dr Ngozi Olejeme in an alleged N3bn fraud was on Monday in Abuja stalled attributable to an acute diabetes ailment suffered by the defendant.

Justice Maryam Hassan Aliyu of the Excessive Court docket of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) shifted the trial to December 6 following a passionate plea by her counsel, Mr Paul Erokoro SAN to that impact.

When the trial was to begin, Erokoro advised the Decide that docs to Mrs Olejeme have known as her to report instantly to the hospital as she has fainting spells.

The senior lawyer recalled that the defendant has been diabetic and hypertensive for 30 years and has had 4 main surgical procedures in the US of America and South Africa.

He additional hinted to the court docket that she lately suffered coronary heart failure and COVID-19 and remains to be within the restoration course of.

Moved by the plight of the defendant and attributable to no objection to request for adjournment, Justice Aliyu fastened December 6 for resumption of the trial.

The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee EFCC had on October 21 arraigned Mrs Olejeme on a nine-count cost, by which she was accused of abusing her workplace, receiving a bribe, awarding contracts with out due course of, amongst others.

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Mrs Olejeme who was a former Chairman of the Board of the Nigeria Social Insurance coverage Belief Fund (NSITF) was on October 22 admitted bailing by the Decide after spending 24 hours within the custody of the EFCC on the order of the court docket.

Justice Aliyu adopted the situations hooked up to the executive bail earlier granted Olejeme by the prosecuting company, EFCC in 2017 to confess her to bail.

The situations are that the defendant produces two Deputy Administrators in authorities employment to face as her sureties.

In one of many counts, Mrs Olejeme was alleged to have “dishonestly obtained the sum of N22,200,000.00” from a contractor with NSITF into her private account No. 32327505058110 at GT Financial institution.

Mrs Olejeme was additionally accused of receiving $48,485,127.00, which was {dollars} equal to some funds obtained from contractors as kickback.

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