A Federal High Court Abuja, presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba has fixed December 13, for ruling on the no-case submission filed by
Shamsudeen Mohammed, son of Bala Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
Mohammed is facing trial alongside four firms; Bird Trust Agro Allied Ltd, Intertrans Global Logistics Ltd, Diakin Telecommunications Ltd, and Bal-Vac Mining Ltd.
The EFCC alleged that the four companies were used to launder over N1.1 billion.
The EFCC alleged that Shamsudeen resorted to the acquisition of houses within high brow areas in Abuja which he paid for in cash, to conceal stolen funds at his disposal.
Some of the assets included five plots of land at Asokoro Gardens; House FS 2 B, Green Acre Estate Apo-Dutse, Abuja; House FS 1A, Green Acre Estate, Apo-Dutse; FS 1B, Green Acre Estate, Apo-Dutse, Abuja and House 2A, No. 7, Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja.
Justice Dimgba slated the date on Monday after prosecution and defense counsel adopted their written addresses as their final arguments in respect of the no-case submission.
Shamsudeen is being prosecuted on a 15-count charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations of conspiracy, money laundering, and forgery.
The application by Shamsudeen followed the prosecution counsel, Wahab Shittu’s closure of his case.
Adumbrating on his no-case-submission, counsel to Mohammed, Mr. Chris Uche, (SAN), urged the court to uphold the application on the grounds that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against his client.
Uche told the court that the evidence of the prosecution against Shamsudeen was insufficient to prove the allegations against him.
Counsel to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th defendants also told the court that they had filed no-case submission and prayed the court to discountenance the charges against their clients who are all companies.
Responding, the prosecuting counsel, told the court that the prosecution had provided enough evidence as exhibits to show that Mohammed indeed made cash transactions above the required financial threshold.