₦1.3bn Fraud: Former Naval Chief Yusuf Biu, unreachable, EFCC tells court

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has told a Federal High Court, Abuja that former Naval Chief, Rear Admiral Tahir Yusuf Biu, who allegedly stole ₦1.3 billion from the Nigerian Navy is on the run and cannot be reached.

The anti-graft agency said that all efforts to locate the whereabouts of Admiral Biu in all parts of the country have proved abortive since March 16 when a 9-count criminal charge was filed against him.

The counsel to EFCC, Cosmas Obeta Ugwu, lamented that traces of the defendant could not be found, hence, he could not be brought before the court to answer the criminal charges against him.

Ruling on the matter, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo of the Federal court, however, disagreed with the anti-graft agency on the issue.

He held that the agency was wasting state powers adding that several statutes give enormous powers to EFCC to fish out anybody from a hideout for justice where necessary.

The Judge, therefore, threatened to strike out the criminal charges if at the next adjourned date the agency approaches the court with the same story.

He subsequently fixed February 22, 2023, as the last adjournment for EFCC to produce the defendant in court or have the charge struck out.




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