Newly appointed acting Chief Judge of Plateau State, Justice Yakubu Dakwak might be facing his first integrity test with the resumption of hearing on the case of N359m fraud against Provost of the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Science Jos, Dr. Sunday Etukudoh and four others.

The case which is billed to resume hearing on October 26, 2017 at the High Court II, Jos was reported to have only been heard once in May 2016.

The EFCC team has thus appeared in Jos  for continuation of the case on different occasions after adjournments only to be notified of the Judge's unavailability.

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

A defense council, Solomon Deme however said hearing in this case has been wotnessed at least five times while the court sat.

The absence of the judge presiding is only on rare occasions as all times the case came, the judge had been consistent, he said.His tenure also ought to have elapsed by 2015 having served two tenures since 2008.

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

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 offences 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 beneficiaries of it.

Whether Justice Y.G. Dakwak of the High Court II will consider the commission's plea especially as he is now Ag Chief Judge as foretold in the earlier report on the matter in July 2017, only time will tell.