Absence Of EFCC Counsel Stalls Fani-Kayode’s Trial

Justice Rita Ajumogobia of a Federal High Court in Lagos has further adjourned till February 24 and 25,  the trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, facing money laundering charges.

Fani-Kayode’s trial was stalled on Monday, owing to the absence of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecutor, Mr Festus Keyamo, in court.

The trial judge, Justice Ajumogobia, had adjourned till Monday for the ex-minister to open argument in his own defence against the charges of financial impropriety levelled against him.

Though the accused was in court and had proceeded into the dock upon calling the case, counsel representing the EFCC, Mr Somadina Okore, however, stood up and pointed the attention of the court to a letter written by Keyamo, asking the court for an adjournment.

Okore said, “Most respectfully, my Lord, earlier before now, the prosecutor in this matter, Mr  Keyamo, has written a letter to this honourable court, informing the court that he is appearing before a Federal High Court in Yola today. He is praying this honourable court to vacate today’s date to allow him to appear and prosecute this case in person.”

Responding, Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Mr Wale Akoni, said he was aware of the letter and that he had no objection to the request for an adjournment.

He also reminded the court that the matter was adjourned adding that if it was convenient for the court, his client would go and return on Tuesday to stand trial.

In the circumstance, Justice Ajumogobia adjourned till Tuesday and Wednesday for continuation of trial.

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