SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, (THEWILL) – An FCT High Court on Friday is to deliver ruling on Tuesday in the no-case- submission filed by the suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo on alleged of N115 fraud.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) charged Gwarzo alongside an Executive Commissioner in the Commission, Zakawanu Garuba, with five counts of alleged misappropriation to the tune of about N115 million and conferment of corrupt advantage on a public officer before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and on Feb. 7, through their counsel, Abdulhakeem Mustapha, SAN, and Robert Emupkoeruo, informed the court of their intention to file no-case submission.
This they prayed after the prosecuting counsel, Adesina Raheem, had informed the court that the prosecution was closing its case against the defendants with the testimony of the fifth prosecution witness (PW5), Taiwo Olorunyomi.
Gwarzo’s counsel, Mustapha SAN, on March 18 urged the court to hold that the prosecution has not been able to adduce any credible evidence to make the defendant enter any defence.
He informed the court that the no-case submission he prayed for was brought pursuant to Sections 302 and 303 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.
According to him, the prosecution had failed to make out any prima facie case against Gwarzo, adding that the evidence adduced were all contradictory.
He submitted that the prosecution in its written address on the submission relied on the law on certain political office holders and admitted that SEC was not mentioned in the said law.
Specifically, he urged the court to uphold the no-case submission by the first defendant as well as discharge and acquit him of the charge against him.
Counsel to Garuba, Robert Emukpoeruo, also argued that the prosecution had failed from the evidence adduced to make any prima facie case against the second defendant.
He said the evidence adduced by the prosecution during hearing has not established any ingredients of the offence said to have been committed by Garuba and urged the court not only to uphold the no-case submission but also discharge and acquit the second defendant.