Absence of Ikuforiji, aide stalls fresh arraigned

Absence of Ikuforiji, aide stalls fresh arraigned

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:46 pm

Adeyemi Ikuforiji

By Akin Kuponiyi

The absence of the former Speaker of the Lagos State house of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji and his aide Oyebode Alade Atoyebi, stalled their arraignment today before a Federal High Court in Lagos,south west Nigeria.

When the matter was mentioned, Barrister Tunde Akinrimisi appeared for the former speaker and his aide who were not present in court,he told the court that the defendants have not been served but he received  a hearing notice as one of the counsels who represented the defendants during  the initial trial and it is  out of  utmost respect for the court that he came to court  today.

Consequently, he urged the court to grant him adjournment for him to get  in touch with the defendants

However, in his response, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecutor, Barrister Rotimi Oyedepo  told the court that he would grudgingly concede to adjournment because the case had suffered series of adjournments at the instance of the defendants. In addition, the charge was served on the defendants when the trial started some years ago.

Thereafter the presiding Judge Mohammed  Liman adjourned till 11th of December,2019, for the defendants to be arraigned
EFCC was supposed to re – arraign the former speaker of Lagos state house Assembly Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji and his aide Oyebode Alade Atoyebi before Justice Mohammed Liman  today for  his money laundering case  to start afresh
The former speaker and his aide were discharged and acquitted by a Federal High Court in Lagos of 54 counts amended charge of laundering N673 million
However when the case was pursued to the appeal court and eventually  Supreme Court on appeal by the EFCC, the Apex court ordered for a retrial by the Federal High Court and directed that the case file be re- assigned to another judge for a retrial.
In the amended charge filed before the Federal High Court , it was alleged that Ikuforiji and Atoyebi between April 2010 and August 2011 conspired together to commit an illegal act, to wit, accepting various cash payments amounting to the sum of N673 million from the Lagos State House of Assembly without going through a financial institution, thereby he committed an offence contrary to sections 18a of the Money Laundering Act 2011

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