Lagos - A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, dismissed an application made by Kazeem Adedeji, to discharge him of alleged N77 million fraud.
The former Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Cooperative in Oyo State is standing trial alongside Yinka Fatoki, a former director in the ministry and Kolawole Adewole, a staff member. They are facing a six-count charge, bordering on conspiracy and N77 million fraud.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke dismissed the application after Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), Counsel to Adedeji, informed the court of a letter written by the Prosecutor, Effiong Asuquo, stating that he was indisposed.
Aneke, in his ruling, refused to dismiss the charge, saying that he would give the prosecution one more chance before reaching a decision.
Earlier, Oyetibo told the court that the reasons adduced by the prosecutor for his absence, was a flimsy and deliberate attempt to evade the trial.
This submission was also affirmed by Olalekan Olanisebe and Olabode Iranloye, counsel to the second and third accused, respectively.
The accused were arraigned on October 3 and had each pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The court granted them bail in the sum of N10 million each with two sureties each in like sum.
The prosecutor had alleged that the accused committed the offence between July 2012 and June 2013.
The offence attracts about 20 years imprisonment, if convicted.