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Fraud case: Court probes lawyer on non-appearance of counsel

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Jabi has asked a lawyer, Mr. Orhakioyamhe Emmanuel to appear before it to explain why his client, Mr Cecil Osakwe, failed to show up for arraignment over alleged fraud to the tune of N130m.

The federal government had dragged a property developer, Mr Osakwe, before the court over allegations of fraud but he failed to show up in court for his arraignment.

The prosecutor, Mr Una Matthew, told the court that Mr Osakwe had been served the charge sheet through his lawyer adding that a bench warrant should be issued against the accused person.

In a short ruling, Justice Mohammed Idris ordered Osakwe’s lawyer to appear before the court to explain his client’s absence in court and adjourned the matter until tomorrow.

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Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu, Editing by Omotola Oguneye