Absence of accused judge stalls trial


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Akin Kuponiyi

The arraignment of a sitting judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, for alleged unlawful enrichment to the tune of $260,000 and N8,650,000, failed to hold Tuesday as the judge was absent in court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed 14 counts against the judge before the Lagos State High Court Igbosere, Lagos state southwest Nigeria.

The anti-graft agency alleged that the judge unlawfully enriched himself as a public official by allegedly receiving a total sum of $260,000 and N8.65m through his bank account between 2013 and 2015.

The EFCC claimed that the judge could not explain the source of the funds, adding that he acted contrary to Section 82(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11, 2011.

The judge was also alleged to have given false information to operatives of the EFCC, which, the…

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