Silence seems to have wrapped the case of N359m fraud against Provost of the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Science Jos, Dr. Sunday Etukudoh and four others.

The case filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the High Court II, Jos has only been heard once in May 2016.

The court has not even completed cross-examination of the EFCC's first witness.

The EFCC team has for three times now appeared in Jos in vain for continuation of the case.

The development has corroborated fears that the first defendant, Dr. Etukudoh has built a network of state and federal godfathers.

As an officer facing corruption charges, Etukudoh ought to have been suspended pending the determination of the matter but he still serves.

His tenure also ought to have elapsed by 2015 having served two tenures since 2008.

He is equally said to be overdue for retirement but has however still been maintained as chief officer in the institution.

Students of the School had demonstrated in support of the EFCC during the first hearing of the fraud case.

His alleged atrocities not only include diversion of funds meant for the building of the college's permanent site in Lamingo Jos.

He is also alleged to have recruited mostly people from his state, Akwa Ibom as staff.

The college only has about 40 students but with over 200 staff.

The school has for decades operated in the premises of old Jos University Teaching Hospital with a hostel adjacent Plateau Specialist Hospital.

Contract for the construction of the permanent site was awarded in 1991.

The last concrete work done at the site, investigation reveals was done in 2008 before Etukudoh's appointment 

The contract sum has yearly been reviewed upwards to meet market changes with the amounts being released to the school but diverted.

EFCC investigations reveal that the funds have always left the school's account after release from the federal government to contractors' accounts but always reverted to the Provost's account.

One of the EFCC team members overseeing the case prayed the court to speed up the cause of justice into the matter.

In an exclusive chat, the EFCC staff said the commission is not afraid of losing the case despite the compelling evidences it has submitted to the court against the school's boss.

All it cares about is the speedy hearing of the matter, he said.

He however wondered why Plateau people and government seem less concerned about the case despite being the primary beneficies of it.

Whether Justice Y.G. Dakwak of the High Court II will consider the commission's plea especially as he is rumoured to soon become Chief Judge of Plateau State as the incumbent, Justice Damulak retires, only time will tell.