Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday handed down a 7-day ultimatum to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) within which to produce its next witness in the on-going trial of a former Oyo State governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and his aide, Waheed Akanbi over an alleged N4.7 billion fraud.
The order was sequel to failure of the antigraft agency to produce its witness in court, a situation which stalled further hearing of the matter.
The judge said the ultimatum was in line with the dictates of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 which mandated accelerated hearing of all criminal cases.
Prior to the court’s directive, Ladoja’s lawyer, Bolaji Onilenla, had drawn the court’s attention to a letter from the commission indicating that the case would not go on owing to the non-availability of its witness.
The lawyer while expressing his displeasure at the development noted that there have been several adjournments of the matter in the past at the instance of the prosecution. Onilenla opined that having no legal representation around for the EFCC when the case was called was an indication that the court was being taken for a ride.
13 April, 2018