Nigerian Federal High Court judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, has prayed the court to quicken hearing on allegation of fraud levelled against him and his wife, Olubowale, who is also the Lagos State Head of service.
The couple were arraigned on an 11-count charge on December 13, part of which were alleged acts of criminal conspiracy to receive gratification contrary to section 26 (1) (C) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) Act, and punishable under the same section.
They were accused in the first count of the charge to have allegedly conspired to collect gratification from a company, Joe Agi and associates, belonging to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Joe Agi, to the tune of N30million, in March 2015.
Their trial was brought before Justice Jude Okeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court Abuja and was earlier scheduled to continue January 18.
However, Justice Ademola approached the court on Monday with a fresh application for an accelerated hearing.
But the counsel to the Federal Government, Segun Jegede, informed the court of his client’s resolve to amend the charge to include Mr. Agi and subsequently prayed for time to allow his client amend the charge.
He said the amended charge would be ready by Tuesday at the latest.
The trial judge, Okeke, consequently adjourned the matter till January 11 for presentation of the amended charge. He promised that the case would be slated for daily hearing, after Mr. Agi has been arraigned, from January 16 to 18.
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