A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja has adjourned the trial of a Federal High Court judge, Adeniyi Ademola, to January 18.
The judge, Jude Okeke, gave the date after ruling on an application for bail by the defendants.
Mr. Ademola and his wife, Olubowale, are facing trial for alleged fraud.
Mr. Okeke also ruled on an application by the prosecution counsel, Segun Jegede, to depose to an affidavit proving the guilt of the defendants.
Mr. Jegede had applied verbally in court for permission to make the open statement through which he intends to prove the guilt of the defendant.
Responding to the verbal application, counsel to Mr. Ademola, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, told the court that the first and second defendant counsel had not been availed of the said statement.
He prayed the court to permit the statement be made available to the defendants first.
Delivering a ruling on the application, Mr. Okeke noted that the prosecution counsel did not oppose the submission of the defendants that the statement had not been made available to them.
He therefore ruled that the prosecution should avail the defendants of the statements before it can be mentioned in court.
Mr. Ademola and his wife had earlier been granted bail, with a bond of N50 million each.
The court decided that the bail application was granted on self-recognizance so the defendants were not required to provide sureties.
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