Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, rejoices over acquittal; thanks God, party leaders

The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, on Friday thanked God and appreciated the efforts of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for their support throughout his trial.

Mr. Ikuforiji addressed journalists in his office after he was discharged by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Mr. Ikuforiji had been charged in December 2011 alongside his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, with money laundering.

They had both pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Justice Ibrahim Buba, ruling in the case on Friday, discharged the duo.

An elated Mr. Ikuforiji said: “Today is almost three years after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission decided to act on a spurious petition by some faceless individuals.

“The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos dismissed the comical 54-count charge of money laundering against me and my personal aide, Mr Oyebode Atoyebi.

“In this season of vindication, I cannot but thank God the Almighty for his unwavering mercy throughout the trial.

“I am grateful to the leaders of the party, especially the former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) for free legal consultation sessions with him.’’

Mr. Ikuforiji also expressed gratitude to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, party members, religious bodies, political associates, friends and his colleagues at the Lagos Assembly for the vote of confidence passed on him during the trial.

He said that his travail in the last three years taught him some lessons, noting that victory was sweet and he had learnt to wait patiently for it.

“The victory is not mine alone; it is our collective victory for democracy, judiciary, for the assembly, the state and also for the journalists who stood on the side of the truth,” the speaker said.

He promised never to betray the confidence reposed on him by his historic victory, which would compel him to rededicate himself to lifting the state to higher heights.

The speaker said it would also propel him further in his political struggle to protect the enviable legacy of good governance, sterling leadership and unmatched excellence for which Lagos has come to be known.

(NAN)


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  • Bolaji Savage

    Nigeria is a failed state. Only in a failed state will this barely literate be beating his chest in public. Not for making a scientific discovery or for anything intellectual worthy; no, not at all – but for moneylaundering 600 million Naira with impunity. And now,
    he has the audacity to poke his finger into the eyes of his victims (Lagosians) by rejoicing at the expense of the people. What a country!

  • B.S

    Nigeria is a failed state. Only in a failed state will this
    barely literate fellow be beating his chest in public. Not for making a
    scientific discovery or for anything intellectual worthy; no, not at all – but
    for moneylaundering 600 million Naira with impunity. And now, he has the
    audacity to poke his finger into the eyes of his victims (Lagosians) by
    rejoicing at the expense of the people. What a country!

    • Johnson Alabi

      “Nigeria is in a season of sorrow and mourning posed by decades of neglect

      of a sizeable segment of our society and now our people are dying in thousands

      in needless battles and conflicts. There cannot be peace and harmony where

      there is wide disparity between the few rich and multitude of the poor.”

      “Our society and economy are in tatters in a highly competitive world;
      our children are missing out in getting qualitative and functional education;

      the masses of our people are chained down in dehumanizing and grinding poverty

      while we continue to maintain a few islands of false prosperity
      in a turbulent ocean of penury and squalor.”

      …………………General T.Y Danjuma
      (May 24th, 2014)

  • Truth

    Where are the APC army of defenders? Shame on you all. This crook rejoices because he is discharged by another notorious bribe taker. Shame.

  • Chiotu Nnamdi

    No sentiments.EFCC has the right to appeal.It is not yet Uhuru.

  • By popular demand

    Dear Editor:

    WHY JUDGE IBRAHIM BUBA MUST GO

    It is time the National Judicial Council commence removal proceeding against Judge Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos. His continuance as a Judge of the court is a clear and present danger. He is ignorant of law and ridicules the Nigerian judiciary. If justice is a concept that must be rooted in the confidence of the people, then, the earlier Judge Ibrahim Buba goes, the better.

    Before his shenanigan yesterday on the Adeyemi Ikuforiji’s case; where he wrongly declared a no-case-to-answer, contrary to law, Judge Ibrahim Buba had two days earlier restrained the Federal High Court he works for from carrying out its lawful judicial orders.

    On 23rd September, Judge E. Abang of the same Federal High Court, issued a court order against Wale Babalakin (S.A.N) for 50billion Naira debt and further ordered Olisa Agbakoba (S.A.N) to take over all properties owned by Wale Babalakin; including the properties of Bi-Courtney which runs the Murtala Mohammed Airport on concession.

    But three [3] days later, Judge Ibrahim Buba isssued a contrary order to bar the court orders of Judge E. Abang by banning Olisa Agbakoba from carrying out those court-ordered duties of a Receiver. Such nonsense counter-order issuing from the same Federal High Court is enough reason to start a removal proceeding against Judge Ibrahim Buba before he finally wrecks Nigeria’s judiciary.

    • Nicol

      I regret that Nigeria is sinking into the depths of corruption.

      The accused criminal here, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, must however
      understand this dubious court discharge as reprieve because

      he’s not going to get away with it. If he has any honour he’ll keep quiet

      and slink out of public view because he’s acquired an odour of corruption.

      He needs cleansing in prison custody if Nigeria’s Money-Laundering Law
      is to have any meaning in the eyes of the international community. The Nigerian
      government must now make up its mind to either have laws or have none. Merely
      writing down sentences in the National Assembly without those sentences having
      any practical impact on general behaviour, and enforceable as such, is a pretence

      to in disguise Nigeria’s thorough-going anomie.

    • The Revolutionary

      “We are overdue for a revolution. If you are afraid of revolution maybe you have something to be afraid of.
      What is wrong with us having revolution here in Nigeria? Unless, of course, you belong to those who are stealing government money or you have something to hide.”

      “Then of course you should be afraid of revolution, because after the revolution, there is what we call revolutionary justice. The revolutionaries will get you and shoot you. There are many people whom if we shoot, Nigeria will become a better place. In fact, if the revolutionaries can shoot dead just 500 corrupt people, Nigeria will be a better place, and, God will forgive the revolutionaries.”

      ….…….Dr. Junaid Mohammed

      March 17, 2013
      (Nation newspaper)

    • Dr. ‘Rike Anibaba

      @ By Popular Demand:

      It is very true. I agree with you. Judge Ibrahim Buba has become an issue –
      but in the negative sense of the word. For me, i have lost faith in Judge Buba.
      The day he awarded 50 million Naira to Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (as damages)
      payable by Nigeria’s State Security Service (SSS) which invited him (Sanusi Lamido)
      for questioning as a suspected Boko Haram terror financier, but which questioning he’s
      evaded and still evades till now, was the day i lost faith in Judge Ibrahim Buba forever.

      In fact, contrary to all laws, the effect of the perverse award of 50 million Naira he ordered
      is that in Nigeria, a criminal suspect can benefit from his own wrong by simply evading lawful
      investigation under the Terrorism Act of Nigeria and still be paid 50million Naira in bounty
      for un-lawful dis-obedience of an invitation by a public authority for normal questioning.
      Whereas the Nigerian Supreme Court had long made clear that nobody is above investigation
      and stated so clearly, again, in the case of Gani Fawehinmi vs. Inspector-General of Police.

      • Seemeseetrouble

        JUDGE IBRAHIM BUBA ALSO ISSUED PERPETUAL INJUNCTION AGAINST EFCC
        TO BAR INVESTIGATION OF PETER ODILI (FORMER RIVERS STATE GOVERNOR)

        “Peter Odili said he first approached the State High Court to make a declaratory interpretation of the constitutional responsibilities of the State House of Assembly as the only body charged by the Constitution to supervise, monitor and investigate the utilization of state resources by the executive arm.

        “After full trial, the verdict was that the State House of Assembly and none other had the responsibility of probing the utilization of the state resources by the executive,” Peter Odili said. Armed with this ruling, Peter Odili said, he proceeded to the Federal High Court and formally challenged the right of the EFCC to investigate his government.”

        “Full trial lasted for several weeks. The Federal High Court in PH with Justice I.N. Buba agreed with the position of the State High Court as to who was charged with the constitutional responsibility of probing the expenditure of a state government,” Peter Odil further said.”

        ……..Daily Trust newspaper
        [28th January, 2013]

        • Seemeseetrouble

          “Now in my private capacity as a Nigerian citizen, i sued the Attorney General of the Federation
          and the EFCC and requested the Federal High Court (presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba) to order the Attorney General and EFCC to respect the 2007 Court order and restrain them from any malicious harassment or action against my person.”

          “A full trial, with the parties represented, lasted several months. At the end, by the special grace
          of God, judgement was in my favour. My legal team led by I. Adedipe SAN obtained a perpetual injunction against the defendants: the Attorney General of the Federation and the EFCC.”

          “The learned Judge (Ibrahim Buba) issued declaratory and injunctive orders against the EFCC, declared as null and void the EFCC ‘interim report’ of December 2006, and prohibited them from (ever) publishing or putting into any use that (indicting EFCC) report (for corruption).”

          …………..Peter Odili

          (Former Rivers State Governor)

          [In his memoirs: “Conscience and History: My Story,”]
          (January 2013)

        • Alde

          So, after all these ills, what are Nigerians still waiting for? Are they waiting for Justice Buba to declare the country’s crude oil deposits someone’s personal property before they realize that this is not the type of Judge that should be further kept on the job for public morality?

          No one can continue to sit in the Federal Court of the United States with this type of record and feel comfortable that the society he’s deprived economic rights like this will continue to owe him monthly wages from collective taxes and still owe him a pension for life for doing injustice to society.

    • Okey

      The same “Justice” Ibrahim Buba who awarded N50 Million as damages to former CBN Governor, Lamidi Sanusi. Sanusi had returned from official duty to Niger Republic and was told at the Murtala Mohammed airport that his time at the CBN was up. He then waited for 30 minutes for friends and family members who came to pick him to a private residence. It is this 30 minutes that “Justice” Ibrahim Buba held as “detention” and awarded his political soul-mate N50 Million at the expense of every Nigerian.

      With this type of judgment, retired and tired “justice” Marcel Awokulehin who cleared James Ibori of all 200 count charges surely left a “worthy successor”. Their judgments “confirm” Nigerian media partisan politics that corruption exists only at the federal level while the states are corruption-free.

  • Ken

    I’m waiting for those who claim that PDP has bought the judiciary when judgements go in their favour to come and say the same thing in this case. Anyway, this is bad news for APC…with Ikuforiji free to show his face in APC, they will lose the moral high ground to tag PDP as corrupt.

  • Words on Marble

    “The Nigerian government must now make up its mind to either have laws or have none.

    Merely writing down sentences in the National Assembly without those sentences having
    any practical impact on general behaviour, and enforceable as such, is a pretence to
    in disguise of Nigeria’s thorough-going anomie.”

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