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Alao-Akala: Appeal Court reserves judgment

13 March 2014, 20:28

Ibadan - The Court of Appeal  in Ibadan on Wednesday reserved judgment on the appeal filed by a former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, against the N11.5 billion fraud suit instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The presiding judge, Justice Monica Dongban- Mensem, said the court would communicate the judgment date to  counsel for the parties involved in the matter.

Alao-Akala, a former commissioner in the state, Hosea Agboola, and a business man, Olufemi Babalola, had filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal against the suit.

Counsel to Alao-Akala and Babalola, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), had urged the court to allow the appeal, saying  the prosecutor had no substantive material to connect the accused with the offences allegedly committed.

The counsel to Agboola, Richard Ogunwole (SAN), also told the court that no case had  been established  against his client and pleaded that his name should be removed from the charge.

But counsel to EFCC, Godwin Oblah, urged the court to dismiss the appeal of the accused, saying it  was misleading.

Alao-Akala and others had appealed the  December 12, 2012, ruling of Justice Akintunde Boade of the Oyo State High Court which indicted them.

They were accused of awarding contracts without budgetary provisions and obtaining by false pretence.

Each accused had, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

-  NAN

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