Alleged N673m fraud: Former Lagos speaker Ikuforiji's case starts afresh December 11

Alleged N673m fraud: Former Lagos speaker Ikuforiji's case starts afresh December 11

- Federal High Court has rescheduled the case of former speaker of Lagos House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, for December 11

- Ikuforiji and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, are standing trial over alleged N673 million money laundering

- The court had in 2015 discharged both men on the ground that they had no case to answer

The case of money laundering leveled against the former speaker of Lagos state House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, has been rescheduled for December 11.

The Nation reports that the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday, November 27, said the the defendants would be re-arraigned over the alleged money laundering.

Legit.ng gathered that Ikuforiji and Atoyebi are facing a N673 million laundering charge filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to the EFCC, the money belongs to the Lagos state government.

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The court had in 2015 discharged both men of the same allegations on the ground that they had no case to answer.

But the lower court’s decision was reversed by the Supreme Court, following which Ikuforiji and Atoyebi were charged afresh by the EFCC before Justice Mohammed Liman.

It was reported that Ikuforiji and Oyebode were not in court on Wednesday, November 27, when the case was called.

The defendants' counsel, Tunde Akinrinmisi, however, told the judge that they have yet to be served.

Akinrinmisi said he received a hearing notice as one of the lawyers who represented the defendants during the initial trial, adding that it was out of “utmost respect for the court” that he came to court on Wednesday, November 27.

He prayed the judge to grant an adjournment for him to get in touch with the defendants

But EFCC's counsel Rotimi Oyedepo opposed him. 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.

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He said the charge was served on the defendants when the trial started some years ago.

The presiding judge, Justice Liman, adjourned till December 11, for the defendants' arraignment.

It would be recalled that the former speaker and his aide were initially discharged and acquitted by a Federal High Court in Lagos of 54 counts of money laundering to the tune of N673 million.

However, when the case was pursued to the Supreme Court on appeal by the EFCC, the apex court in January 2018, ordered for a retrial by the Federal High Court.

The charge alleges that Ikuforiji and Atoyebi between April 2010 and August 2011 conspired to commit an illegal act, to wit, accepting various cash payments amounting to the sum of N673m from the Lagos state House of Assembly without going through a financial institution, thereby committing an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the money laundering act 2011.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Court of Appeal in Lagos ordered a re-trial of Ikuforiji and his aide Oyebode Atoyebi on money laundering charges.

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