18 October 2017

Nigeria: Sule Lamido's Corruption Trial Adjourned

Justice Babatunde Quadri of Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday adjourned the trial of former Governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido, until November 15.

Mr. Lamido is being prosecuted alongside his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, and two others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 27-count charge bordering on abuse of office and money laundering.

At the resumed hearing, counsel to the defendants, Kanu Agabi, informed the court of his appearance in the matter for the first time.

Mr. Agabi said "I am coming here for the first time in this case and I am pleading with the court to give me time to familiarise with the case.

"I know this is a court of justice and the court is interested in speedy trial but I am pleading for time to get to know about the case."

The senior advocate took over from Joe Agi, who was the defendants counsel.

The prosecuting counsel, Chile Okoroma, who did not oppose the defence counsel's plea said that he had assembled his witnesses and they were ready to go on with the trial.

He said he would not oppose the defendants' right to adequate defence representation in the interest of justice.

Consequently, Justice Quadri adjourned the matter until November 15 and 16 for continuation of trial.

Mr. Quadri had on July 7 dismissed an application by the former governor requesting that the trial be returned to former trial judge, Adeniyi Ademola.

Justice Ibrahim Auta, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, assigned the case to Mr. Quadri when Justice Ademola went on suspension following corruption charge against him and his wife.

But following judgment exonerating Mr. Ademola and wife, Mr. Agi requested that the Chief Judge return the case to him.



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