The on-going trial of former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose over N3.3 billion fraud before the Federal High Court in Lagos was yesterday stalled due to the failure of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to produce one of its witnesses.
The EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) told the trial judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke that a relative of the witness scheduled to come had been admitted into a COVID-19 isolation centre.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Fayose before the court alongside his company, Spotless Limited, over allegations of money laundering and fraud. Fayose, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, Jacobs urged the court to adjourn the trial to ascertain the health status of the witness.
The defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), said he had no objection to the request for an adjournment.
Justice Aneke then adjourned the matter till October 5 and 6 as well as October 19 and 20, 2020 for continuation of trial.
According to the charge, on June 17, 2014, Fayose and Agbele were said to have taken possession of the sum of N1.2 billion, for purposes of funding his gubernatorial election campaign in Ekiti State, which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.