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14 years later: Court acquits ex-Senate President Wabara of corruption charges

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14 years later: Court acquits ex-Senate President Wabara of corruption charges

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has cleared and discharged former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara and two other ex-senators over allegations bordering on corruption leveled against them by the federal government 14 years ago.

Backstory: Justice S.E Aladetoyinbo ruled that the suit lacked witnesses to corroborate the prosecution’s charge.

  • “Since the prosecutor claimed that the witnesses are no more available and this matter had been pending since 2005, the court will grant the request of defense counsel. The three Defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted under Section 355 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015,” the judge ruled.

The other defendants charged alongside Wabara on the bribe-for-budget allegations were Ibrahim Abdulazeez and John Azuta Mbata. Other defendants listed in the suit include Fabian Osuji, who served as the Minister of Education, and Garba Matazu, a former member of the House of Representatives.

Bottom Line: This case is a proper reflection of Nigeria’s weak judicial system and the need for reforms. It should never take this long to conclude a trial.

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