Crime

EFCC re-arraigns Fayose before new judge

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday re-arraigned embattled former Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose in a Federal High Court in Lagos over N6.9billion Money laundering and fraud.

Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday had adjourned the re-arraignment of Fayose, till July 2.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke fixed the date despite objection by Fayose through his counsel Ola Olanipekun (SAN).

The judge upheld the prayer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that it needed the adjournment to, among others, conclude a fresh investigation against Fayose.

The EFCC had on October 22, 2018, arraigned Fayose for an alleged fraud of N2.2billion before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, six days after he completed his tenure as governor.

He was arraigned alongside his firm, Spotless Limited, on 11 counts bordering on criminal breach of trust, theft and money laundering.

The prosecution opened the trial on November 19, 2018, and called 13 out of its 15 witnesses when the EFCC wrote a petition to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, requesting that the case be transferred from Justice Olatoregun.

It was subsequently transferred to Justice Aneke.

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