- The case between the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been transferred to another trial judge
- This came after a petition from the EFCC to the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, Adamu Abdul-Kafarati
- Based on the EFCC's request, the case has been transferred from Mojisola Olatoregun to Chukwujekwu Aneke
Following the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, Adamu Abdul-Kafarati, on Friday, June 7, ordered the transfer of the trial of the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, to a new judge.
Abdul-Kafarati, responding to EFCC's request that was dated Tuesday, May 21, directed that the case be transferred to Chukwujekwu Aneke on the grounds that court has lost confidence in the former trial judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, Premium Times reports.
Abdul-Kafarati in the response said: “I refer to the petition of EFCC on this case and your Lordship’s comments thereto.
“It is apparent that the prosecution has lost confidence in the judge trying this case and justice must not only be done but must be seen to have been done, I hereby transfer this case to Hon. Justice C. J. Aneke for hearing.”
The transfer came due to an argument during a court proceeding between Judge Olatoregun and Rotimi Jacobs, a senior advocate of Nigeria and counsel to the EFCC.
The proceeding partly went thus: “Mr Jacobs, you dare not, you are not competent to look into my ruling, to evaluate my ruling, you are totally incompetent, whether you are a Senior Advocate or not.
“You can only go on appeal, Mr Jacobs. Your mode of advocacy, I do not understand it, it looks like what do they call it? Jankara market.
“You stand here to re-evaluate my ruling, you are incompetent to do that. You do not stand there with impetus and re-evaluate my ruling. I have ruled, relying on two sections of the Evidence Act, if you have an objection, you go on appeal.
“You have no competence, carrying your wig with arrogance and we have a lot of young lawyers here. What are you teaching them? You stand up to a judge, re-evaluating the ruling of a judge. It will not happen in my court. You re-examine your witness; if you are not re-examining, then close your case.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state for defence, had told the Federal High Court in Lagos that it was tough accepting to testify against his friend, Fayose.
Legit.ng gathered that he spoke on Monday, February 4, while testifying in Fayose’s trial for money laundering before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.
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