Prosecutor in Fayose's case ill, trial adjourned

Fayose

Ayodele Fayose

Akin Kuponiyi/Lagos

The trial of the former Governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose, for alleged money laundering at a Federal High Court in Lagos, was stalled today due to the illness of the prosecutor.

When the matter was called, Mr Rotimi Jacob SAN with two other counsel appeared for prosecution, while Mr Ola Olanipekun SAN appeared for Ayodele Fayose.

Olalekan Ojo appeared for Spotless Nigeria Limited, a company charged alongside Fayose.

Thereafter Jacob sought an adjournment of the case on the ground of ill health.

The defence lawyers did not oppose the request.

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Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke thus adjourned the case till 1 December,2021 for continuation of trial.

He also slated the case for further hearing on 2 and 3 December.

Fayose is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over N6.9billion fraud and money laundering charges.

He was first arraigned on Oct. 22. 2018, before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, alongside his company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on 11 counts bordering on fraud and money laundering offences.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail on Oct. 24, 2018, in the sum of N50 million with sureties in like sum.

Fayose is also charged with procuring two companies Still Earth Ltd and De Privateer Ltd, to retain in their account the aggregate sums of N851 million.