The Lagos Speaker is being prosecuted for money laundering by the EFCC.
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed a “vote of confidence’’ in its Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji.
The confidence vote followed a motion by Yinka Ogundimu (ACN-Agege), under matters of urgent public importance.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had on April 24 adjourned indefinitely the trial of Mr. Ikuforiji, who was charged with laundering N773.3 million.
Justice Okechukwu Okeke adjourned the case sine dire, following what he called “deliberate act by the prosecution to delay hearing in the case’’.
Mr. Ogundimu said: “My intention is very clear on this motion; it is based on the performance of the leadership of the House in spite of the `traumatic period.’
“A vote of confidence is hereby declared for Mr. Speaker and the leadership of the House.
“The judiciary on its part has put in place measures to accelerate the case, but it was always meeting with a stumbling block.
“There are some faceless people that are really interested in slowing down the pace. It is a time- wasting strategy … the matter is more political than legal.’’
Contributing, Sanai Agunbiade (ACN-Ikorodu I), cautioned the lawmakers against making “judgmental statements’’ over a case that was already in court.
“When a matter is adjourned sine dire, the court still bars public pronouncements on it.”
Mufutau Egberongbe (ACN-Apapa I), who also called for caution, described the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.
“If such an institution is being haunted, it is going to spell doom for the nation,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker, Taiwo Kolawole, who presided over the proceedings, said the matter was still open to debate.
He, however, advised members to restrict their comments to the political aspect of the trial.
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