Adjournment of ‘Lets Partner With You’ case Provokes Protest in Court
There was a mild drama at the Federal High Court, Enugu March 6, 2017 when some depositors with the “Lets Partner With You” protested what they considered a long adjournment of the case involving the operator and managing director of the company, Patrick Shanchi Nwokike, his wife Rosemary Ifeoma Nwokike and their company.
Justice Dugbo R. O. Oghoghorie had adjourned the case to May 17,2017 for trial , a development which angered some victims who are demanding a speedy trial of the case.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC had on Tuesday November 15,2016, arraigned the trio on a four- count charge bordering on Advanced Fee Fraud and carrying out banking business without valid License, offence which run contrary to the provisions of Section 2(1) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act and the case adjourned to March 6,2017.
When the case was called up, the prosecution led by M. U. Onome told the court they were ready for trial with a witness in court.
Counsel to the 1st accused, G.C Igbokwe however, informed the court that he was just briefed and needed time to acquaint himself with the case.
But Onome wondered why the defence could not put its house in order in the four months since the accused persons were arraigned..
“ My Lord, the defence had long been served since November last year with proof of evidence; even the additional statement of the witness who is in court today was served to the defence since 24th February,2017.”
It would be recalled that the EFCC had on Thursday October 6, 2016 arrested the Managing Director of “Lets Partner With You Ltd” Chief Nwokike and his wife Rosemary at his residence in Enugu, following several petitions by innocent Nigerians who fell prey to his baits of financial gains on invested funds.