Trial of former FCT minister Akinjide suffers setback

(NAN)Re-arraignment of a previous Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide over supposed tax evasion couldn't happen on Tuesday because of indictment's solicitation that the case be come back to the past judge.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is arraigning Akinjide nearby two chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayo Adeseun and Olarenwaju Otiti.

The commission charged them on a corrected 24 checks verging on N650 million extortion and illegal tax avoidance.

The respondents were first summoned before Justice Muslim Hassan before whom they all argued not liable, and were conceded safeguard.

Preliminary started before Hassan, with observers being driven in proof, yet halfway into a preliminary inside preliminary, the case was moved to Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke at the case of barrier.

The case was then dismissed until June 11, for re-arraignment of the litigants.

At the point when the case was approached Tuesday before Aneke, the litigants mounted the dock, and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) reported appearance for the principal respondent (Akinjide). while Mr U.U. Buhari declared appearance for the EFCC.

Buhari then orally connected to the court for an exchange of the case back to Hassan.

In any case, Ayorinde raised an issue with the application, depicting it as 'trap'.

Ayorinde contended that the indictment should have made the application formal under the steady gaze of the court and served it on the guard for it to answer.

He supplicated the court to reject the application, saying that it ought to be brought appropriately.

His accommodation was embraced by other protection counsel.

Now, EFCC lead counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo strolled into the court and furthermore declared appearance for indictment.

Oyedepo contended that by the arrangements of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, an application for exchange of an incompletely heard case must not be recorded as a hard copy.

He included that the case had officially progressed to preliminary and gatherings at the phase of a preliminary inside preliminary, before the case was moved.

"Regardless of whether appropriately or wrongly, this issue is experiencing choppiness; an instance of 2016. For what reason should we begin over again?" he inquired.

In a decision, Aneke maintained the accommodation of safeguard that the oral application resembled 'trap'. He requested the EFCC to carry a formal application with that impact.

The court suspended the case until June 26 for hearing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the EFCC blamed the litigants for unlawfully accepting cash from a previous Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the development to the 2015 General Elections.

The cash was said to have framed piece of an all out total of 115 million dollars purportedly dispensed by Alison-Madueke to impact the result of the 2015 Presidential Election.

Tread Started by: Christian Uriel On 2:34pm Jun 11