The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday adjourned the alleged bribery case filed against Shehu Sani until Jan. 27, due to the prosecution’s unpreparedness to play an audio recording it acquired as evidence.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Sani for a two-count charge of bribery and influence peddling.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
At the resumed hearing on Friday, EFCC counsel Ekele Iheanacho told the court that the business of the day was listening to the audio recording, which the prosecution obtained as evidence.
However, when asked about the efforts made to ensure that the audio recording was played in court, the prosecutor said: “It was this morning that I informed the (court) Registrar that I have a laptop to set up for the audio recording.’’
Justice Inyang Ekwo, however, frowned at why the prosecutor had to wait till Friday to contact the registrar to set up equipment for the audio.
“The matter was adjourned since Oct. 23 and it is only today that you approached the court that you want to set up audio.
“You did not take any other steps before now, so it means you are not ready for your case,’’ he added.
The judge subsequently adjourned the matter until Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, 2021.