Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday urged Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos to issue a warrant for the arrest of a former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, along with his former aide, Waheed Akanbi, for allegedly laundering N4.7bn, Punch reports.
A counsel for the anti-graft agency, Oluwafemi Olabisi, made the application on Friday following the absence of Ladoja in court for his proposed re-arraignment.
Olabisi told the court that the accused were invited to the EFCC, but that the duo did not honour the agency’s invitation and also deliberately stayed away from court.
He, therefore, urged the court to issue bench warrants against the accused, arguing that without their attendance in court, their trial could not proceed.
But Ladoja’s lawyer, Bolaji Onilenla, who said he was the one who instructed Ladoja to stay away from court on Friday, urged Justice Idris not to issue a warrant for the arrest of his client.
Onilenla argued that besides the fact that his client had not been properly informed of the re-opening of the case, his appeal against the charges at the Supreme Court was still pending.
Ladoja, who was first arraigned in 2008 alongside Akanbi, had since proceeded on appeal up to the Supreme Court to challenge the charges against him.
News24 previously reported that the money laundering trial of former governor of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja will be re-arraigned for money laundering before a Federal High Court in Lagos after a bid at the Appeal Court to have charges against him quashed was rejected.
The court adjourned the till November 18 for the fresh arraignment of the Accord Party leader.
The charges were filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
- News 24