By G9ija

The absence of a prosecution witness on Wednesday stalled the trial of one Abiodun Amusa charged with N88.1 million fraud before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

He is standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents and retention of proceeds of criminal conduct.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting him.

EFCC counsel, Samuel Daji, told the court on Wednesday that the prosecution had planned to close its case but its last witness could not make it to the court.

Daji prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable it present the witness for evidence.

Defence counsel, Olarewaju Ajanaku, did not object to the submission.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was arraigned on November 1, 2021.

The EFCC alleges that the defendant had between October 24, 2020 and August 20, 2021 in Lagos retained N88.1 million in his First Bank account, which he knew to be proceeds of various internet and cyber crimes.

According to the commission, the alleged offences contravene Sections 1 (3)(d), 6 (8)(b) and 17 (a)(b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences, 2006.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case until August 12 for further hearing.