Alleged $5m Money Laundering: CJ Re-assigns Fayose’s Trial To Another Judge

Alleged $5m Money Laundering: CJ Re-assigns Fayose’s Trial To Another Judge

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati has granted the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and re-assigned the trial of the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.

Before the transfer, the EFCC had called 13 out of the 15 witnesses it listed, in the trial, which started last year November at the Federal High Court, Lagos and has enjoyed accelerated hearing.

On the said day, Justice Olatoregun was said to have engaged in unrestrained, unprovoked, and unwarranted vituperations against the prosecuting counsel which the petition says are indicative of the fact that she has an axe to grind with Mr Jacobs and the EFCC.

He described the petition as a subtle attempt to intimidate and stampede the court into doing what EFCC liked or wanted in disregard of provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 and the right of the first defendant, Fayose to expeditious hearing of his case, as well as the need to avoid wasting public funds and scarce judicial time on de-novo trial.

Olanipekun argued further that the petition requesting transfer of the part-heard criminal case in which prosecution had already called 10 witnesses is legally misconceived having regard to provisions of Section 98(2) of the ACJA 2015 and the recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of F.R.N V. LAWAN (2018) LPELR-43973 (C-A).

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