N673m money laundering allegation: Ikuforiji docked

N673m money laundering allegation: Ikuforiji docked

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:28 pm

Akin Kuponiyi
 Nigeria’s foremost anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  this morning  re – arraigned the former speaker of Lagos state house Assembly, Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji and his aide Oyebode Alade Atoyebi before Justice Mohammed Liman presiding over a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos south west Nigeria 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 Supreme Court on appeal by the EFCC, the Apex court ordered for a retrial of the case by re-asingning the case to another judge of the Federal High Court.

    In a  54 count amended charge of money laundering filed  against the Former Speaker of  Lagos State House of Assembly,  Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his personal assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi before the court  it was alleged that Ikuforiji and Atoyebi between April 2010 and August 2011conspired together  to commit illegal act,to wit, accepting various cash payments amounting to the sum of N 673 million from the Lagos State House of Assembly without going through financial institution, thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 18a of the money laundering Act 2011.

     The two defendants pleaded not guilty, thereafter the EFCC prosecuting counsel, Ekene Iheanacho urged the court to remand the two defendants  in prison custody, as the case is starting afresh ,there is need for them to filed new application for bail.

   However, the defence counsel Mr Dele Adesina SAN leading six other counsels, opposed the application of the prosecution on the ground that the defendants are currently on bail and that the case is still on going.

    The   Presiding Judge, Mohammed Liman, upheld the submission of Mr.Adesina SAN, and ordered the two defendants to continue on their former bail, but their  sureties within two weeks should renew their bail application and if they are  not available the defendants should provide new sureties.

    Thereafter  with the agreement of the two parties, Justice Liman adjourned till 19th of February, 2020and 5th of March, 2020 for trial to commence.

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