Crime/DefenseLegal/Judiciary

Alleged N2.9bn fraud: Absence of witnesses stall Kenneth Amadi’s trial

The continued trial of the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eunisell Limited, Kenneth Ndubuisi Amadi, before Justice Ambrose Allagoa of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, was stalled on Friday due to the absence of witnesses, who were reportedly said to be indisposed.

The lead prosecution lawyer, Aderonke Imana, represented by a junior counsel, was also said to be on an official assignment.

The office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) is prosecuting Amadi over his alleged involvement in fraud to the tune of N2.9 billion.

Specifically, Amadi and his company, IDID Nigeria Limited, are being tried before the court on a five-count charge of conspiracy and fraud.

At the resumed hearing of the matter Friday, the court was informed that the witnesses to be called were indisposed, she, therefore, asked for an adjournment.

However, the defence lawyer, Dr Monday Ubani opposed the adjournment sought by the prosecutor.

Upon listening to the submissions of both parties, Justice Ambrose Lewis Allagoa noted that it is not unusual for a prosecutor or witness to be absent during trial in court. He then adjourned further hearings till March 24 and 25.

It would be recalled that at the last hearing of the matter, a second prosecution witness and accountant with Eunisell Limited, Philip Enejo Odekina had restated before the court that Amadi allegedly defrauded the company by making customers pay for purchases made based on the company’s invoice through his account.

Odekina, while being led in evidence by the prosecutor revealed that Amadi was responsible for managing the company’s key customers such as Ammasco and AZ Petroleum amongst others.

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