Lagos State House of Assembly, Speaker, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Monday, prayed a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, to strike out the charge of money laundering preferred against him.
Ikuforiji’s counsel, at the resumed hearing of the matter, following the absence of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, prosecutor, made the application.
Ikuforiji and is personal assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi, are facing a 20-count charge on money laundering. They were first arraigned on March 1, 2012.
Reacting to a letter by EFCC counsel, informing the court of his absence, defence counsel said since the trial began, prosecution had treated the case with levity, claiming that several adjournments granted by the court had been at the instance of the prosecution, which had exhibited visible reluctance in the trial.
Trial judge, Justice O. Okeke, in a short ruling, said in the overriding public interest, he was adjourning the matter and ordered for accelerated hearing of the case.
The court consequently, adjourned the case till April 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 for continuation of trial.