No File No File, A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, is to file a no-case submission in response to his trial by the Federal Government over an alleged N107m fraud before an Abuja High Court. Ogbulafor’s counsel, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN, said this on Thursday shortly after the prosecution closed its case against the former PDP national chairman and his co-accused persons – Emeka Ebilah and Jude Nwokoro.
After the prosecuting counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, announced that he had called his last witness in the trial, Gadzama rose to inform the court that Ogbulafor would file a no-case submission.
“The first accused person (Ogbulafor) will file a no-case submission before the next adjourned date,” he said.
The presiding judge, Justice Ishaq Bello, thereafter adjourned the case to Febuary 28, 2013, for adoption of written addresses in the no case submission.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission is prosecuting Ogbulafor, alongside Ebilah and Nwokoro, on a 17 counts of conspiracy and award of fictitious contracts to the tune of N107m, during his tenure as Minister of Special Duties.
The alleged offence is punishable under section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000.
It will be recalled that at the last sitting in the matter, a prosecution Witness, Basil Momodu, had told the court that some of the controversial contracts awarded by Ogbulafor while he was minister of special duties were verified and approved by the Federal Government.