A convicted pension impostor, John Yahaya Yusufu, who is standing trial for suspected false declaration of assets Monday, collapsed in the dock while his trial was going on before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
As soon as the court commenced sitting, Yusufu’s lawyer, Mr. Theodore Maiyaki, moved an application to bail his client.
The attorney told the court that the crime for which his client was standing trial was a bailable one and that since the law authorizes the court to exercise will in granting bail to the accused person, the will should be exercised in his client’s favour.
However the EFCC Lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Jacob (SAN), opposed the application.
He requested the court to recall the recent conviction of the suspect on the charge of criminal breach of trust, which showed that Yusufu’s past history forbid the court from exercising its will in his favour.
He told the court that it was in the interest and safety of the Suspect to be kept in custody to forestall the likelyhood of being mobbed by some annoyed members of the public who were displeased by the seeming leniency of the sentence imposed on him subsequent to his earlier conviction for criminal breach of trust.
The court, after listening to both attorneys, decided that Yusufu’s court-hearing should go on while a date should be chosen for the ruling on his bail application.
At that juncture, the EFCC lawyer called his first witness, Mr. Mustapha Sani.
As soon as the witness began his testimony, Yusufu, who had been standing in the dock, started shaking violently.
His lawyer begged the court to allow the accused person to sit down, a request that was quickly granted by the court but as the accused made to sit down inside the dock, he collapsed on the wooden dock.
His lawyer and prison officials rushed to him and helped him to sit down.
At this point, the court indicated that the accused was not fit to go on with the trial and adjourned the proceedings till April 22.