Judges’ conference stalls Fani-Kayode’s criminal trial, others

Femi Fani-Kayode
Femi Fani-Kayode

Mr. Fani-Kayode is a former Aviation Minister.

A conference for Federal High Court judges taking place in Abuja, Monday, stalled matters at the Federal High Court, Lagos.

Cases such as the criminal trial of Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister, were grounded.

Mr. Fani-Kayode is accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of laundering N230 million.

The former Aviation Minister allegedly committed the act through his aides, wife, and daughter between 2006 and 2007.

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia had fixed March 11, 12, and 13 for trial after the accused pleaded not guilty to all 47 counts of corrupt enrichment.

On Monday, litigation counsels liaised with court registrars on fresh dates for their matters.

While all the courts were virtually empty, Justice Okechukwu Okeke, who is due for retirement in May, held his proceedings.

A court registrar said that the ongoing strike embarked upon by judicial workers also contributed to the grounding of activities in the courts.

“We heard the Federal High Court, Abuja, has been locked up,” the registrar, who did not want to be named, said.

“That’s the headquarters, and if they are not working, then we have no reason to,” he added.

A registrar at Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia’s court said that Mr. Fani-Kayode’s trial would start on Tuesday, “unless the strike continues.”

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