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The trial of former speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his former Personal Assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi, on a 54-count charge of alleged N338.8 million money laundering has been adjourned until May 4 and May 5 by a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had closed its case on March 17, 2021, after calling two witnesses in support of its case.
The prosecutor had complained about the slow pace of the trial and made an oral application for the bail of the defendants to be revoked, but the court ordered the defendants to be present in court on the next adjourned date.
The defendants had each pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in 2012 when they were first arraigned.
They were later re-arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba, who discharged them of the charges in 2014, but the EFCC appealed the decision and a fresh trial was ordered by the Lagos Division of the Appeal Court in
The case was sent back to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for reassignment to another judge by the Supreme Court.
The EFCC had alleged that the defendants accepted cash payments above the threshold set by the Money Laundering Act, without going through a financial institution, and that Ikuforiji misappropriated funds belonging to the Assembly between April 2010 and July 2011.
This article was updated 7 months ago