A federal high court hearing money laundering suit against Orji Uzor Kalu, former Abia governor, has said a bank, the United Bank for Africa, UBA, can testify as a prosecution witness. Kalu, alongside two others, is facing a N3.2 billion fraud case preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The ruling by Justice Mohammed Idris was given against a motion of objection Kalu filed to stop the bank or its staffer from testifying against him. Kalu’s lawyers had argued the bank’s staffer’s name was not listed as a witness and had urged the court to reject her.
“On the competence of the witness, it’s true that her name is not listed, and not indicated that UBA representative will be called to give evidence.
“The rule of practice must bring to forth. It is clear that the witness is not listed. I have no doubt that the witness is competent to give evidence in this trial.
“The witness is not properly before this court. The prosecution should comply with the Provision of Section 379(1) of ACJA, it is directed to supply the defence with additional Proof-of-Evidence”, the judge said.
Justice Mohammed directed EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Jacob, to file all additional Proof-of-Evidence and serve same on the defence.
The court adjourned till April 10, 11, 12 and 13 for continuation of trial.