EFCC to appeal Mahmood’s acquittal

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Updated: March 7, 2021

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, said it will appeal the court ruling that discharged and acquitted one Mansur Mahmood, who was set free from N12.4million alleged fraud by Justice Ado Yusuf of the Jigawa State High Court.

The EFCC arraigned Mahmood October 9, 2019, on a one-count charge bordering on cheating under the Penal Code Law. When the charge was read, the accused pleaded not guilty.

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Prosecution counsel, Zarami Mohammed, presented four witnesses and tendered seven exhibits.

The defence counsel opted for a no case submission and subsequently written addresses were filed and adopted, before the case was adjourned to January 23, 2020, for ruling.

While ruling on the matter, Justice Yusuf discharged and acquitted the accused on the grounds that the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubts.

The court in an attempt to justify its decision, described the testimony of the fourth prosecution witness (PW4), who is the investigation officer (IO) of the case as hearsay.

Dissatisfied with the ruling, the prosecution applied for the record of court proceedings in order to appeal the ruling of the court.

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Tony Orilade
Tony Orilade, a Nigerian journalist, is Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, Nigeria. This is an official statement from him. The headline might have been slightly modified.

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