Trial of Lagos Speaker Stalls Again

November 19, 2013 6:47 PM

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The ongoing trial of the current Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has yet again stalled as the Federal High Court in Lagos was for the umpteenth time unable to sit.

The sitting scheduled for Tuesday November 19, failed to hold because of the absence of the prosecuting counsel of the EFCC, and the case may soon go into history as one of the longest cases ever, if the situation continues.

It was learnt that the EFCC Counsel, Mr. Godwin Obla had written the court and the Defence Counsel that he would be absent from court because he was to deliver a paper at an undisclosed event on Tuesday.

Mr. Edward Okpe, who represented Obla at the proceedings, reminded the court that the letter was dated November 13, 2013.

The counsel, who represented the accused persons, Mr. Tunde Akinrimisi, however told the court that he only got Obla’s letter seeking an adjournment just some moments before the court sitting.

He did not oppose the application for adjournment, but noted that the prosecution of the case ought to be paramount.

The Speaker, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his aide are standing trial for money laundering at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.


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