Alleged N1.2b Fraud: Trial Of Fayose’s Ex-Aide, Agbele Adjourned Till December

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday adjourned the trial of Mr Abiodun Agbele, a former aide of former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

The adjournment followed the application for more time by the defence team, which objected to the cross-examination of the fifth prosecution witness (PW5) and former Head of Cash in Transit at Diamond Bank Plc, Damola Otuyalo, on exhibits AA14, AA15 and AA16.

Agbele is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegation of money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion.

A representative of the counsel to the first defendant had argued that he has not sighted the document before and has no idea of what it contained.

According to a statement by the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, counsel to the third defendant, Olalekan Ojo, aligned with that of the first defendant.

They both prayed the court to give them time to study the document in order to structure their cross-examination in line with the content of the new evidence.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, however, advised the defence counsels to examine the document as it was only two pages.

“You are generals in this field; I don’t see why a two-page document will require an adjournment,” he said.

The judge then stood down the trial to enable the defence to go through the documents.

On resumption, the EFCC said the defence counsel stood their ground not to continue with the cross-examination.

They stated that the input of the lead defence counsel Mike Ozekhome would be needed in framing questions for cross-examination on the new document.

The court has adjourned the case until December 2 for hearing.

Alleged N4.6 Billion Fraud: Court Remands Fayose’s Ally In Kuje Prison

AMCON, Asset Management, Jimoh Ibrahim, Union BankJustice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered an associate of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Abiodun Agbele to be remanded in Kuje Prisons.

He is to remain in custody till Thursday, August 4 when he will rule on his bail application.

Agbele was arraigned alongside three others before Justice Dimgba by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on an 11-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N4.6 billion allegedly transferred from the office of the National Security Adviser.

He however pleaded not guilty to all charges when it was read to him.

Arguing on his bail application, counsel to Agbele, Mr Mike Ozekhome (SAN) prayed the court to grant his client bail on self-recognition because the offences for which he is standing trial for are bailable.

He told the court that the applicant was arrested by the EFCC in his house and his international passport has been with them and was used as a condition for his administrative bail.

He added that the onus is on the EFCC, to show that if granted bail, the applicant will jump and urged the court to grant the applicant bail on grounds that he will be available for trial.

Opposing the bail application, the prosecution counsel, Mr Johnson Ojogbane urged the court to refuse the application on ground, insisting that the applicant will jump bail if granted.

He told the court that the applicant is a flight risk and had perfected plans to flee the country before he was arrested by the operatives of the anti-graft agency.

He, therefore, urged the court to refuse the application and instead commence accelerated hearing in the case.

Fayose’s Aide, Abiodun Agbele Gets Bail

Fayose's aide, EFCC, Abiodun AgbeleEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose’s aide, Abiodun Agbele, whom anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested has been granted bail in the sum of 50 million naira.

The court also ordered the EFCC to pay Mr Agbele a damages fee of five million naira.

The investigations by the EFCC over monies linked to Governor Fayose took a new twist on Thursday at an Abuja High Court where Justice Olukayode Adeniyi asked the anti-graft agency to pay the fine for what it described as the arbitrary abuse of power and unlawful detention of Mr Agbele without charging him to a court of competent jurisdiction in line with the constitution.

Justice Adeniyi also ordered the immediate release of his personal property which were seized by the anti-graft agency.

Mr Agbele had through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome filed a 500 million naira suit challenging his detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission without charging him to court.

Mr Agbele’s principal, the Governor of Ekiti State, has had his bank accounts frozen in a related case bothering on fraud allegations, a decision the Governor has sworn to fight hard in court.