The Supreme Court has ordered the re-trial of a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was charged with money laundering offences involving N338m.
The court in its judgement delivered by Justice Mary Peter-Odilli, who led four other justices of the court unanimously ruled that the case be re-assigned to another judge of the Federal High Court other than Justice Ibrahim Buba who had exonerated Ikuforiji of the charges.
The apex court had, earlier in December 2017, made similar orders of re-trial and re-assignment of the case to another judge in its judgment on the appeal filed by Ikuforiji’s ex-aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, with whom the former Speaker was charged, tried and absolved at the Federal High Court.
Justice Buba of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, had in a ruling in September 2014 held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed to establish a prima facie case against Ikuforiji and Atoyebi and dismissed the 56 counts against him.
The EFCC not satisfied with the judgement, appealed to the Court of Appeal, which, in November 2016, overturned Justice Buba’s verdict and ordered that Ikuforiji and his former aide be tried afresh before another judge.
The case went on to the apex court in 2016 after both Ikuforiji and Atoyebi had filed separate appeals against the Court of Appeal’s decision.
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