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Alleged N600m Money Laundering: Former Lagos House Of Assembly Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Aide, To Be Re-Arraigned December 11

ADEYEMI IKUFORIJI 

BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU

IKOYI, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - The former  Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, will be re-arraigned on December 11, 2019, over allegation of money laundering. 

The duo would be re-arraigned on a 54 counts that had to do with the alleged offence as made against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) 

The date was fixed by Justice Mohammed Liman of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, after entertaining arguments from lawyers involved in the matter. 

In his plea before the court, the defence counsel asked Justice Mohammed Liman for an adjournment, a position which lawyer to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, grudgingly conceded to, just as he lamented that, “This is a case that the prosecution has given evidence and closed its case before Justice Ibrahim Buba discharged the defendants on no-case submission, which travelled from here up to the Supreme Court. 

"Here we are six years after.”

It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had accused Ikuforiji and Atoyebi of laundering N600m belonging to the Lagos State House of Assembly.

But consequent upon a no-case submission by their lawyer, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Justice Ibrahim Buba, had in a September 2014 ruling, discharged them on the entire 54 counts slammed against them by the Commission. 

However not satisfied, the EFCC approached the Court of Appeal, which in November 2016, overruled Justice Ibrahim Buba and ordered Ikuforiji and Atoyebi to return to the high court to be retried before another judge.

Dissatisfied with the appellate court’s pronouncement, Ikuforiji and Atoyebi appealed to the Supreme Court;
but in June 2018, the apex court upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal and ordered the ex-Speaker and his aide to return to the high court to be retried.

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