A Federal High Court (FHC) in Lagos has fixed the arraignment of the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, for Friday, June 28. Fayose is facing fraud charges of N6.9 billion.
It should be noted that Fayose was earlier arraigned on Monday, October 22, 2018 with Spotless Investment Ltd on 11 count charges of fraud and money laundering before Justice Mojisola Olatotegun, The Guardian reports.
The former governor did not plead guilty to the charges as he was granted bail N50 million on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, with sureties in like sum.
The trial which started on Thursday, November 29, 2018, has called on 13 out of the 15 witnesses listed in the case.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that EFCC informed the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Justice A. Abdul-Kafarati, that it is seeking permission to transfer the trial of Fayose from Justice Mojisola Olatoregun to another judge.
The petition asking to transfer the case, dated Thursday, March 21, and addressed to Justice Abdul-Kufarati accused the trial judge of bias.
Ola Olanipekun (SAN), the counsel to Fayose, said he was shocked, adding that the EFCC petition is not legal.
He said: “It is a backdoor arrangement which is legally misconceived having regard to the provisions of Section 98(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of F.R.N V. LAWAN (2018) LPELR-43973 (C-A), which barred the Chief Judge from transferring case in which the prosecution had already called witnesses."
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The acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, in the petition, said that Justice Olatoregun is from the same state with the former governor and is a Princess of Ijero Kingdom, Ekiti state.
Magu also claimed the judge verbally abused Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), counsel to the EFCC, when the case came up on Wednesday, March 20, for continuation of trial.
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