Trial on the alleged N6.9 billion fraud against former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose at the Federal High Court, Lagos, was on Thursday, 28th November 2019, hindered following the absence of the trial judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke.
Fayose is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged money laundering involving N6.9 billion funds while serving as governor.
Also charged alongside Fayose was Abiodun Agbele, the ex-governor’s aide accused of assisting his boss in carting away part of the missing funds.
He was first arraigned on 22nd October, 2018, before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun alongside his company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on an 11-count charge.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on 24th October, 2018 in the sum of N50 million with two sureties.
The defendant was subsequently re-arraigned before Justice Aneke on July 2,2019, after the case was withdrawn from Justice Olatoregun, following EFCC’s petition on unsatisfactory handling of the case.
Fayose also pleaded not guilty to the charges and was allowed to enjoy his bail while the case was adjourned until Nov. 28, 2018 for trial.
The trial however, could not progress as slated as the court did not sit and a new date has yet to be fixed for the trial due to the absence of the trial judge.