Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose
The Federal High Court in Lagos has allowed the previous governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, who’s being tried for alleged N2.2bn fraud, to embark on a international medical journey.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke granted an utility introduced by his lawyer, Ola Olanipekun (SAN), looking for the go away of the court docket to be allowed to journey.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, by its lawyer Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), didn’t oppose the applying.
Justice Aneke has adjourned additional listening to within the case until January 22, 2021.
The EFCC is prosecuting Fayose alongside a agency, Spotless Investment Limited, for alleged N2.2bn fraud.
In the cost, the EFCC alleged, amongst different issues, that Fayose, on June 17, 2014, “took possession of the sum of N1, 219, 000,000 to fund your 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Ekiti State, which you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing.”
The former governor was additionally alleged to have on the identical day “received a cash payment of $5,000,000 from Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 1 and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.”
The EFCC additionally alleged that Fayose bought a property referred to as No. 44, Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja for N200m within the title of “your elder sister, Mrs Moji Oladeji.”
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But Fayose and Spotless Investment Limited have pleaded not responsible to the costs.
At the final sitting of the court docket in October, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) had requested for a protracted adjournment of the case.
He informed the court docket that he couldn’t attain the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) answerable for the case and that some paperwork wanted for trial weren’t accessible.
The EFCC Counsel had additionally admitted to the court docket that he was “having difficulties bringing his witnesses to the court because of happenings in the EFCC.” This won’t be unconnected with the removing of the previous Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu and the next suspension of a few of his core officers.
However, Fayose’s counsel opposed the applying for a protracted adjournment, saying “When these dates were taken, it was made to be a long adjournment for all parties to get prepared. I came from Abuja yes and if I could come here, why can’t their documents be brought here too?”