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Court adjourns former Lagos speaker Ikuforiji’s money laundering trial

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday adjourned till May 19, continuation of trial of former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, charged with alleged N338.8million money laundering.

Ikuforiji is arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside his former Personal Assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi, on 54 counts charge bordering on money laundering.

They had each pleaded not guilty before Justice Mohammed Liman and were allowed to continue on an earlier bail granted them in 2012 when they were first arraigned.

At the last adjourned date on March 17, the EFCC closed its case after calling the second witness for the prosecution, Mr. Adewale Olatunji, a former Clerk of the house.

Prosecution called two witnesses in support of its case.

The case, which was scheduled for yesterday for the defence to open its case, could not proceed, as defence counsel, Mr. Dele Adesina, SAN, wrote a letter requesting an adjournment.

In the letter, Adesina wrote that he would be away attending the burial of a deceased brother silk, Mr. Olusegun Odubela.

Trial will now resume on May 19.

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