Money Laundering: Prosecution rejects ex-Gov Akwe Doma’s document

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Aliyu Akwe Doma, former Nassarawa State governor
The trial of Aliyu Akwe Doma, a former Nasarawa State governor, and two others, continued on Wednesday before Justice A. A. Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
During the proceedings the prosecution counsel, Femi Phinhero, SAN, objected to the prayer of the defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, seeking to tender a document titled ‘‘Annual Report in the Office of the Accountant-General of Nasarrawa State of December 31, 2007-2011”.
This was during the cross-examination of a prosecution witness, Solomo Katsa, a former director of finance.
Akwe Doma alongside Timothy Anjide and Dauda Egwa, a former Accountant-General are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering and financial crimes.
The accused persons between January, 2007 and December, 2009 allegedly conspired and fraudulently laundered state funds to tune of N8bn, an offence contrary to section 14(1)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2004 and punishable under section 14(1) of the same Act.
At the sitting, the prosecution counsel told the court that tendering of a document during cross-examination of the witness implied that the defence counsel wanted to contradict or discredit the statement of the prosecution witness.
Phinhero further argued that the document could only be admitted if it emanated from the witness.
According to him, there must have been an earlier reference to the document by the witness for the document to be admitted, such that the defence could then take him up on it.
Addressing the issue of certification of the document, the prosecution counsel also stated that the document was not in conformity with Section 104 of the Evidence Act.
He said: ‘‘Apart from the first page of the document that is stamped, the entire document has no stamp. The implication …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper