The inability of a prosecution witness to read from a document at the trial of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal on Thursday at the FCT High Court, Maitama, has stalled the case.
The trial was adjourned after Mr Aminu Ahmed, the fourth prosecution witness said he could not read from the document presented to him.
Ahmed had introduced himself as Principal Procurement officer in the office of secretary to the government of federation.
He had told the court that he was a member of the evaluation committee that recommended the contract to Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), but he became stock when asked by Mr Ufom Uket, the prosecuting counsel to read a document which was BPP’s response statement to the recommendations of the evaluation committee.
Ahmed could not, explaining that the document was illegible.
Uket prayed the court for an adjournment to enable them bring clearer copy of the report.
Justice Jude Okeke, therefore adjourned the matter until February 19 for continuation of trial since there was no any objections raised.
Babacir is standing trial in alleged fraudulent award of N544.1 million for grass cutting contract through the Presidential Initiative for North East.
The ex-SGF’s brother, David Lawal, a director of Rholavision Engineering Limited is also standing the trial.
Others are Sulaiman Abubakar, Managing-Director of Josmon Technologies Limited, and Apeh Monday.