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Trial stalled as Ikuforiji gets new counsel

07 January 2014, 20:56

Lagos - A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday fixed March 17 for continuation of trial of Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, charged with money laundering.

Ikuforiji, and Atoyebi are standing trial on an amended 54-count charge.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the trial could not continue on Tuesday as earlier scheduled due to appearance of new counsel for the accused.

When the case was mentioned, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), informed the court that he had taken over representation of the accused.

He said that he took over from Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), and had yet to prepare for the trial. Olanipekun prayed for more time to prepare.

“My lord, when a new counsel comes into a case, it is natural for him to study the file and know the parties.

“Criminal trial is a serious business, and I must say that I am faced with a mountain of documents to peruse, some of which were just served on us yesterday.

“In the circumstance, I have no alternative but to seek an adjournment to enable me to study the files” he said.

The Prosecutor, Godwin Obla (SAN), did not object to Olanipekun’s prayer.

Justice Ibrahim Buba consequently adjourned the case.



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