A former governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, is most likely to be tried again for alleged N4.7bn fraud.
This was hinted on Thursday by the external prosecutor for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Oluwafemi Olabisi.
Olabisi said Ladoja and Akanbi would most likely be tried afresh in view of the recent Supreme Court’s decision in the N7.1bn fraud case of a former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, his company, Slok Nigeria Limited; and a former Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House, Jones Udeogu.
“You know we filed a notice of appeal before now. Whether we like it or not, we still need to bring an application before the Court of Appeal, clearly asking them that in view of Kalu’s case whether our appeal has not become academic. It will be by way of motion and once that appeal is taken care of, most likely, Ladoja will be re-arraigned, ” Olabisi said.
“However, we still need to get a fresh briefing from our client, which is the EFCC,” he added.
Ladoja was discharged and acquitted of the N4.7bn fraud charges in February 2019 after 11 years of a legal battle with the EFCC.
Justice Mohammed Idris dismissed the entire 11 counts filed against Ladoja and a former Commissioner for Finance in Oyo State, Waheed Akanbi, holding that the case of the EFCC lacked merit.
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