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$5m money laundering: CJ re-assigns Fayose’s trial to another judge

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The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati has granted the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and re-assigned the trial of the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.

Before the transfer, the EFCC had called 13 out of the 15 witnesses it listed, in the trial, which started last year November at the Federal High Court, Lagos and has enjoyed accelerated hearing.

The trial will now commence afresh before Justice Chuwkujekwu Aneke following the transfer of the case from the courtroom of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.

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By a letter dated May 23, 2019, and addressed to Justice Olatoregun, Justice Abdu-Kafarati wrote;

“I refer to the petition of EFCC on this case and your Lordships comments thereto.

“It is apparent that the prosecution has lost confidence in the judge trying this case and justice must not only be done but must be seen to have been done, I hereby transfer this case to Hon. Justice C. J. Aneke for hearing.”

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The letter was copied to Justice Aneke, the acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, and the Deputy Chief Registrar, Litigation of the court, Ms. Clement Ende.

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