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N2.2bn fraud: Court Grants Permission To Fayose To Get Medical Care

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Ayodele Fayose

N2.2bn fraud: Court Grants Permission To Fayose To Get Medical Care

The former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, who is charged with money laundering, was given permission on Monday by the Federal High Court in Lagos to travel for medical care.

Justice C.J. Aneke granted the leave after receiving a motion to that effect from Ola Olanipekun (SAN), the attorney for Fayose, who was represented at the Monday hearings by Mr. Ahmed T,

Since 2018, shortly after Fayose had completed his second term as governor and along with his company, Spotless Investment Limited, had been the subject of an investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He was accused by the EFCC of laundering N2.2 billion, which he allegedly used to defend his 2014 victory.

In the charges, the EFCC alleged, among others, that Fayose, on June 17, 2014, “took possession of the sum of N1, 219, 000,000 to fund your 2014 governorship campaign in Ekiti State, which you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing.”

The ex-governor was also alleged to have on the same day “received a cash payment of $5,000,000 from Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 1 and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.”

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But Fayose and the firm pleaded not guilty.

The Monday proceedings in the case was stalled as Obanikoro, who had been testifying as the 12th prosecution witness, was absent from court.

The EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), prayed for an adjournment, which was not opposed by the defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), and Mr Ahmed T.

However, Ojo, who is counsel for Spotless Investment Limited, told the judge that if “the trend continues on the next adjourned date,” he would have no choice but to make the “necessary application.”

On his part, Fayose’s lawyer informed the court of an application by his client seeking leave of the court for medical trip.

Justice Aneke granted this application because the prosecutor did not object, and the judge then postponed further proceedings until June 6.

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