Court Orders EFCC To Produce Kano APC Senatorial Candidate

A Federal High Court in Kano has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to produce Abdulkareem Abdussalam Zaura (popularly known as AA Zaura), the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Kano central in for arraignment in his fraud-related case.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammad Nasiru Yinusa gave the order today after the prosecution again informed the court that the defendant was absent in court as he was at the last two sittings.

AA Zaura was accused of defrauding a Kuwaiti national of $1.3million, and was billed for arraignment after the Court of Appeal quashed the earlier discharge and acquittal judgment of the court and ordered his retrial.

During the court sitting on Thursday, his counsel, Ibrahim Waru told the court that the matter was adjourned for the adoption of written addresses in respect of whether or not the defendant must be present in court before an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court can be entertained.

But responding, prosecution counsel, Abdulkareem Arogha told the court that the said application was not ripe for hearing because the defendant was not in court.  Daily Trust reports that at the previous sitting, the EFCC had told the court that it could not ascertain the whereabouts of the defendant.

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