INABILITY of the Federal Government to get an interpreter for its witnesses yesterday stalled the trial of former Benue state governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam in the N3.1bn fraud charges brought against him.
The Federal High Court in Abuja prosecuting Suswam in the alleged fraud charges was stunned when the fourth prosecution witnesses informed the court that he is an illiterate and does not understand English language, being the official language in the court.
However, all efforts on the part of the prosecution to get an interpreter to interpret the local language of the witness to English language proved abortive.
In the drama that followed, the prosecution counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi, begged Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed to adjourn the trial till today to enable him source for a competent interpreter.
The defense counsel led by Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), did not object to the request for adjournment but urged Justice Mohammed to adjourn the matter till May 5, 2016 so as to give the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, ample opportunity to get necessary interpreters.
Justice Mohammed in his brief ruling agreed with the defense counsel and adjourned hearing in the matter till May 5, 2016.
…and Dokpesi Trial too
In a related development the trial of erstwhile Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi was yesterday stalled due to absence of the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN.
When the matter came up yesterday, the defence counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun,SAN notified the court that shortly before the court sitting, he got a letter indicating that the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, sought for an adjournment that he is before the Supreme Court.
Chief Olanipekun however, urged the court for enough time to enable the EFCC Counsel to adjust its other cases which have been running on daily basis.
The trial judge, Justice James Tsoho, graciously Adjourned till 15 of June, 2016.
The trial was also previously Adjourned at the instance of the prosecution counsel having filed an additional prove of evidences.
Dokpesi is being re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC before Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged N2.1 billion fraud and he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The court therefore Adjourned to 15 of June, 2016.

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