Ex-Lagos speaker’s ‘N673m money laundering’ case starts afresh Dec 11

A Federal High Court in Lagos Wednesday fixed December 11 for the re-arraignment of a former Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, along with Oyebode Atoyebi,his aide for alleged money laundering.

Both are standing trial alleged N673 million laundering charge brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Though both were discharged of the same allegations in 2015 on the ground that they had no case to answer, however, the lower court’s judgement was reversed by the Supreme Court.

Consequently, the EFCC, which insisted the money belongs to the Lagos state government, filed fresh charges against them before Justice Mohammed Liman.

When the case came up for hearing Wednesday, the duo, who were represented by their counsel, Mr Tunde Akinrinmisi, said they have yet to be served.

Akinrinmisi prayed the court to grant an adjournment for him to get in touch with the defendants noting that he received notice of hearing notice as one of the lawyers who represented the defendants during the initial trial and it was out of “utmost respect for the court” that he came to court Wednesday.

Counsel to the EFCC Rotimi Oyedepo told the court that he would “grudgingly concede to adjournment” though the case had suffered series of adjournments at the instance of the defendants.

Thereafter, Justice Liman adjourned till December 11, for the defendants’ arraignment.

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