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Judge’s Absence Stalls Arraignment of Kuku, Aide

Posted: Mar 23, 2016 at 12:53 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The arraignment of Kingsley Kuku, the former Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at the Abuja High Court could not take place on Tuesday as the trial judge was absent.

Kuku was to be arraigned along with his Special Assistant, Henry Ugbolue, on a three-count charge of fraudulent acquisition of property, criminal conspiracy and false asset declaration.

However, when the case came up for hearing at the Abuja High Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, the judge, Justice M. M. Kolo, was said to be unavailable.

The arrangement has however been fixed for the 20th of April.

Kuku, who has been declared wanted by the EFCC, for failing to answer invitations from the anti-graft agency, was not in court but Ugbolue was brought for arraignment.

Kuku was originally scheduled to be arraigned with Ugbolue and Lawrence Pepple, Technical Assistant to the presidential aide, but at the court on Tuesday the charge sheet obtained by our correspondent involved only the former two.

Kuku and Ugbolue are accused of awarding a contract for the sum of N27, 382,952.47 to a company in which they had interests.