An FCT High Court, Apo on Wednesday fixed Oct. 3, for the arraignment of former Minister of Petroleum Deziani Alison-Madueke, on five counts bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications.
The court granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission leave to arraign Alison-Madueke, former Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, Olajide Omokore, on five counts on February 25.
The date was fixed following the absence of Justice Valentine Ashi, trial judge who was on another official engagement.
Counsel to the EFCC, Faruk Abdullahi, had told the court on February 25 that the arraignment would not hold as Alison-Madueke and her co-accused were not in court.
He said the absence of the second defendant, (Omokore) was linked to the commission’s inability to serve him with the court’s processes.
The prosecutor, therefore, prayed the court for further adjournment to enable the team tidy up its house. Alison-Madueke and Omokore, are billed to be arraigned on five-count charge bordering on conspiracy and illegal acts of accepting and giving bribe.