Alleged $1.3m Fraud: Zaura Loses Bid to Stop Trial

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By: Mustapha Gambo Muhammad

The All Progressive Congress senatorial candidate of Kano Central, Abdulsalam Sale Abdulkarim AKA A.A Zaura has suffered lost at the Supreme Court after his two applications to stop the federal high court from trying him were stroke off.

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has also directed the APC senatorial candidate appear before the Federal High Court Kano to face the charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The court gave the direction through the counsel to the appellant, I.G Waru on Thursday, November 24th, 2022.

Zaura is being accused by the Commission for defrauding a Kuwaiti Citizen by obtaining the sum of $1,320,000 (One Million Three Hundred and Twenty Thousand Dollars) under the pretext that he is in the business of building properties in Dubai, Kuwait and other Arab countries.

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On the 9th June 2020, Honorable Justice Allagoa found the defendant not guilty and discharged him on all counts.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of lower court, counsel representing the prosecution Musa Isah took the matter to court of appeal in a bid to overturn the judgment of the trial court.

Consequently, in a unanimous decision by three man panel and delivered by Justice Abdullahi M. Bayero, the judgment of the Federal High Court was set aside. Bayero also ordered that the defendant be tried afresh by a different judge other than Justice Allagoa.

The case was subsequently assigned to Honorable Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa for retrial and it was initially set to kick start on the 31st of October, 2022 but since then Zaura has been playing hide and seek by consistently refusing to appear before the court on three occasions.

Furthermore, Zaura rushed to Supreme Court in a bid to avoid being arraigned by the EFCC after Justice Yunusa overruled his attempt to stall the case.

The appellant filed two applications before the Supreme Court. One application seeks for interim iniunction and the other one for interlocutory injunction asking the Supreme Court to restrain the Federal High Court Kano presided by Justice M. N Yunusa from taking any step in the case pending the hearing of his appeal at the Supreme Court.

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However, when the matter was mentioned, the five man panel of justices presided by Justice Inyang Okoro informed the counsel to the appellant I.G Waru that this is a criminal case and they don’t have power under the law to stay proceedings in criminal law. As such he should withdraw his applications.

Both applications were withdrawn and same were struck off following no objection from the respondent’s counsel Musa Isah.

Waru was subsequently advised to surrender his client for trial before the Federal High Court Kano to answer his charges.

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