Alleged N2.2bn fraud: Court permits Fayose to travel abroad for treatment

Alleged N2.2bn fraud: Court permits Fayose to travel abroad for treatment

- The trial of Ayo Fayose over alleged fraud will commence after he returns from a medical treatment

- The nature of Fayose’s medical condition was however not disclosed

- A court in Abuja also granted medical leave to another official facing corruption charges

A former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has been permitted by the Federal High Court in Lagos to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Fayose is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged N2.2billion fraud, The Nation reported.

Alleged N2.2bn fraud: Court permits Fayose to travel abroad for treatment
Fayose during one of his visit's to the EFCC office. Photo: @GovAyoFayose
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However, Justice C.J. Aneke gave the order permitting the former governor to travel following an application by his lawyer, Ola Olanipekun (SAN).

The counsel of the RFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), did not oppose the application.

The case was adjourned till January 22, for further hearing.

In another court case, the former head of the civil service of the federation, Stephen Oronsaye, was also permitted to travel abroad for medical treatment.

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The Federal High Court Abuja, on Friday, December 4, gave the order following an application from Oronsaye’s legal team, The Guardian reported.

The court however sought assurances from the former head of the civil service that he would make himself available for trial after his medicals.

Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Abdulrasheed Maina, a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), Channels TV reported.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, December 4, ordered Maina to be remanded at Kuje Correctional Centre pending the conclusion of his trial.

Following the resumption of Maina's trial, Adaji Abel, the counsel representing the former PRTT boss, formally withdrew from the case.

Meanwhile, the EFCC says it is intensifying efforts to ensure Nigeria's former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, is extradited back to the country to face her trial.

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The Nation reports that the anti-graft agency made this known to the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, December 3.

The court had earlier acceded to the EFCC's request for the issuance of summons on Alison-Madueke for her to attend court for the purpose of her arraignment on a suit the commission filed against her.

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