Ex –minister Olajumoke’s trial resumes Oct 11

A Federal High Court in Lagos, Monday, further adjourned until October 11, the trial of former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide, and others, facing money laundering charges.

 The defendants were re-arraigned on June 27 before Justice Chukeujekwu Aneke, alongside two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains, Ayo Adeseun and Olanrewaju Otiti, on an amended 24-count.

The charge was preferred by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

They were first arraigned before Justice Sule Hassan, on January 16, 2018, and had each pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail.

Trial had commenced before Hassan, with witnesses being led in evidence. But mid way into trial, the case was transferred to Justice Aneke.

They were consequently re arraigned before Aneke, and granted bail.

On Monday, trial of the defendants could not proceed before Aneke, following the absence of a prosecution witness.

When the case was called, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo announced appearance for the prosecution.

On the other hand, Messrs Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), Micheal Lana and Akinola Oladeji respectively announced appearances for the first and second defendants.

Oyedeo then informed the court that there were applications filed in the suit, to which prosecution had yet to respond, adding that this also constrained the assemblage of his witness in court.

He urged the court to grant an adjournment, by which time, he will be able to respond to the applications.

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