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Ohakim: EFCC Raises Concern Over Safety Of Witness

The EFCC lawyer, Mr Festus Keyamo, on Tuesday raised concern over the safety of his witness at the trial of former Imo Governor, Chief Ikeadi Ohakim, at the Federal High Court. Keyamo raised the concern to Justice Adeniyi Ademola, at the resumed hearing of the case of alleged money laundering and false assets declaration preferred against Ohakim by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Before the commencement of cross examination of second EFCC witness, Keyamo lawyer told the court that his witness (Abu Sule) called him on Monday to complain. “‎My lord, I want to raise an issue of serious concern to us as an institution, my witness (Sule) called me around 9 a.m. yesterday saying that the second son of the accused person came to the his office at Asokoro and made inquiries about the residential address my witness. Keyamo said that Ohakim`s son, Emeka Ohakim, came to the Abu’s office and asked a taxi driver, Mr Itakpo, and Mr Okoh, and one Architect Sola about the address but they refused to disclose it. “ My lord, we intended to see the defence counsel on the matter but this is an issue that has to do with safety and protection of our witness. “Because, defense counsel cannot protect our witness, it is the court that can make words of caution to the other party,” Keyamo said. He said, if the defence denied the incident “we are ready to go further to make an appropriate application to call the three persons that Ohakim`s son asked about our witness’ residence. In his response, counsel to Ohakim, Mr Awa Kalu (SAN), opposed the oral submission made by the EFCC lawyer, arguing that it was an attempt to destabilise the defence. “I have no doubt that this allegation was meant for the purpose of destabilizing the defence not to successfully cross examine the EFCC witness. “ When the court stood down cases this morning, Keyamo had the opportunity to discuss the issue with either the counsel or the father of the son but he didn’t raise any issue. “ In African tradition, when a young boy misbehaves, the attention of his father or mother is drawn to it, so we find this issue very disturbing. “It is on record that the PW2 testified on Nov. 2, 2015 and only yesterday, the young boy would go and find out his residence. Kalu said, since Keyamo refused to give the defence opportunity to investigate the matter, “we, therefore, urge the court to dismiss this story.’’ He, however said that he would not stop Keyamo from filing any application if he so wished. Kalu said he would challenge the allegation if the prosecution made the application. Keyamo, however, said, “I will not sit down and watch the defence counsel’’ cast aspersions on him. The Judge later adjourned the matter to Wednesday to allow tempers to cool. (NAN)

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