The Supreme Courtroom on Friday ordered the retrial of a former Speaker of the Lagos State Home of Meeting, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was charged with cash laundering offences involving N338m.
A five-man panel of the Supreme Courtroom headed by Justice Mary Peter-Odilli, unanimously dominated that the case is re-assigned to a different choose of the Federal Excessive Courtroom apart from Justice Ibrahim Buba who had exonerated Ikuforiji of the fees.
The apex courtroom had, earlier in December 2017, made comparable orders of retrial and re-assignment of the case to a different choose in its judgment on the attraction filed by Ikuforiji’s ex-aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, with whom the previous Speaker was charged, tried and absolved on the Federal Excessive Courtroom.
Justice Buba, who’s of the Lagos Division of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, had in a ruling in September 2014 held that the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee failed to determine a prima facie case in opposition to Ikuforiji and Atoyebi and dismissed the 56 counts in opposition to him.
Dissatisfied with the Federal Excessive Courtroom’s judgment, the EFCC, appealed to the Courtroom of Attraction, which, in November 2016, overturned Justice Buba’s verdict and ordered that Ikuforiji and his former aide be tried afresh earlier than one other choose.
However each Ikuforiji and Atoyebi had filed separate appeals in opposition to the Courtroom of Attraction’s determination and went to the Supreme Courtroom in 2016.