Court fixes new date to resume trial of Fayose over money laundering charges


On Thursday, a Lagos Federal High Court adjourned the trial of Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state former Governor, who was allegedly charged with N6.9 billion money laundering by the EFCC.

The ex-Governor’s first prosecution was on October 22, 2018, before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, with his company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on 11 counts surrounding fraud and money laundering crimes.

Fayose pleaded ‘not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on October 24, 2018, in the sum of N50m with sureties in like sum.

The Yoruba politician was afterward brought before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on July 2, 2019, after the case was withdrawn from Olatoregun, following EFCC appeal.

Ayodele still pleaded ‘not guilty’ and was allowed to continue the bail granted him while the case was adjourned for further trial.

The anti-graft agency had since reopened his case, and it is still leading witnesses in evidence against the ex-Governor.

However, the case, which was fixed for continuation of the trial today, could not proceed after the absence of justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, the trial judge.

The case, which was, however, fixed to continue trial today, could not proceed following the absence of Justice Chukwuujekwwu Aneke, the trial judge.

Judges of the court are said to be away on a valedictory court session in honor of a retired brother judge, Justice Saliu Saidu.

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