Lagos Speaker Ikuforiji, PA Know Fate 5 July

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, will on 5 July, this year determine whether the charge preferred against the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Sabit Adeyemi Ikuforiji and his Personal Assistant, Afoyebi Alade, will be quashed or not.

The prosecuting counsel Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, leading other lawyers today submitted their written addresses.

In his brief argument, Oyetibo told the court that the entire charge against the Speaker and his PA should be quashed on the ground that no prima facie case had been established against them.

The defence counsel further submitted that in the whole of the charge, the Speaker was not accused of embezzlement, stealing, conversion or fraud. Rather, the allegation against the Speaker is that he transacted business in cash without going through any financial institution in his capacity as the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly.

Based on his contention, Oyetibo urged the court to quash the charge.

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He cited sections of the Constitution to buttress his argument.

In his objection, the prosecutor, Chief Obla, said the application cannot be sustained at this stage because the defence should have raised the issue of quashing the charge immediately it was read in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Act, CPA.

After listening to the argument of both sides, the presiding judge, Justice Okechukwu Okeke deferred ruling till 5 July 2012.

—Akin Kuponiyi