Gbenga Daniel not Acquitted-EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has announced that former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, though discharged by a court ruling has not been acquitted, contrary to media reports.
In a press statement, the EFCC says it “wishes to clarify that the ruling of justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje was not a discharge and acquittal of the former Ogun state governor in an Abeokuta high court today.
The trial judge only released Mr. Daniel on the sole technical ground that the commission failed to seek the consent of court before filing the amended charges against the former governor.
The anti-graft agency says that consequent on the ruling striking out the charges, the commission will immediately apply to the chief judge of ogun state for leave to re-file the charges against Otunba Daniel.
Otunba Gbenga Daniel was first arraigned on October 12, 2011 on a 16-count charge of stealing, fraudulent conversion and failure to declare assets. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was admitted to bail, on October 14, 2011 in the sum of N500million and two sureties in like sum.
The charges were later amended to 43 counts.