The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday re-arraigned former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose at a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged N6.9billion Money laundering and fraud.
Fayose was arraigned by the antigraft agency in October 2018 before Justice Mojisola Olatotegun, alongside a company, Spotless Investment Ltd. on 11 counts bordering on fraud and money laundering., a crime in which he pleaded not guilty to, and was granted bail in the sum of N50 million with sureties in like sum.
The prosecution opened its case on November 19, 2018, and had called 13 of the 15 witnesses it listed, when the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati transferred the case from Olatoregun to Chukwujekwu Aneke, following a petition by the EFCC.
Upon his re-arraignmnet on Tuesday before Aneke, Fayose pleaded not guilty and was granted leave to travel overseas for medical examination.
After the re-arraignment on Tuesday, defence counsel, Mr Ola Olanipekun (SAN), prayed the court to allow Fayose to continue with the bail conditions granted by Olatoregun.
His application was not opposed by the prosecution counsel, Mr Adebisi Adeniyi.
Consequently, Aneke granted the application.
Olanipekun also moved a motion seeking leave for Fayose to travel to South Africa for medical examination during the court’s long vacation scheduled to start in July.
The application was also not opposed by the prosecution.
Aneke also granted the application and ordered the temporary release of Fayose’s international passport.
The court, however, ordered that the passport should be returned on or before September 16, the adjourned date for trial.
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