The former Chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Dr Ngozi Olejeme allegedly slumped at home and was subsequently rushed to the Federal Medical Centre Jabi, Abuja necessitating the adjournment of her ongoing trial before Justice Maryam Hassan Aliyu of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi Abuja.
According to her counsel, Paul Erokoro (SAN), the defendant slumped at exactly 6:30 am on Monday 28th March, 2022 (the date of her trial) while getting set for court, and was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre Jabi, Abuja for medical attention.
Erokoro presented a letter informing the court about the development and prayed for an adjournment. He further told the court that he could not present a medical report as the hospital was still reviewing her case.
Responding, the prosecuting counsel, Sir Steve Odiase did not oppose the application for adjournment. “My lord, they served us with a letter seeking for an adjournment based on the defendant’s ill health and being the defendant’s first time absenting herself from. court and for the interest of justice, we are not opposing their application seeking an adjournment.
“Meanwhile, for record purposes, we came prepared with five witnesses in court, and all of them stood up for recognition,” he said.
Justice Aliyu thereafter adjourned the matter till 13th April 2022, for the continuation of the trial.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Olejeme on a nine-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds and money laundering to the tune of over One Billion Naira.