Court Orders Retrial Of Ex-Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji Over Alleged N338m Fraud
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the retrial of a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was charged with money laundering offences involving N338m before the Federal High Court in Lagos.
A five-man panel of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, unanimously ordered a retrial of the charges before another judge of the Federal High Court, other than Justice Ibrahim Buba, who had exonerated Ikuforiji and his co-accused.
ustice Eko ordered that the trial should start de novo (afresh) before the new judge of the Federal High Court to whom the case should be re-assigned.
He said, “Charges were amended and increased to a total of 54. Charges related to acceptance of various cash payments from Lagos State House of Assembly without going through the financial institution, which under the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act are each a criminal offence.
“I considered all the issues and found no merit in the appeal.
“I dismiss the appeal in its entirety. The decision of the Court of Appeal delivered on November 26, 2014, and the orders made therein are affirmed and I order that the case be re-assigned to a judge of the Federal High Court other than Buba J. for expeditious hearing and determination de novo.”