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Babachir: Court fixes June 17 to rule on documents’ admissibility

An FCT High Court in Maitama has fixed June 17 for a considered ruling on the admissibility of some documents as exhibits in the ongoing trial of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

Lawal was arraigned on a 10-count charge bothering on conspiracy and fraud to the tune of N544million along with Hamidu David Lawal, Suleiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd. They had all pleaded not guilty and were admitted to bail in the sum of N50 million each.

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At the resumed hearing yesterday, while leading the first prosecution witness, Hamza Adamu in evidence, the prosecution counsel, Offem Uket sought to tender vouchers of payment for the removal of invasive plant species and simplified irrigation project to Josmon Technologies and Rholavision Engineering.

This, was, however, objected to by counsel representing Rholavision. He submitted that the documents attached to the vouchers were not original, were not certified and as such did not meet the criteria for admissibility.

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The trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke, thereafter held that court would be giving a considered ruling on the objection. He said this was in view of the fact that similar objections may appear in future hearings in the trial.

He, therefore, adjourned the matter to June 17 and 18 for ruling and continuation of hearing.

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