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Court Acquits Ikuforiji Of N600 Million Money Laundering Charges



The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday acquitted the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji of the N600 million money laundering charge and other issues.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had accused Ikuforiji and Oyebode Atoyebi, his aide, of laundering around N600 million but the two-time Speaker has been acquitted, with his supporters in joyful mood.

Adeyemi-IkuforijiRuling on the case, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court said Ikuforiji and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi were not guilty of the 54-count charge instituted against them by the EFCC.

According to the judge in his ruling, “This proceeding should have been treated as an aborted trial and the charges should have been withdrawn.”

The judge stated that the case which lasted for three years did not have enough evidence to prosecute Ikuforiji, as the prosecution only called two witnesses that did not help much while the prosecution failed to prove his case.”

He said the EFCC ought to have treated the case as an aborted trial and discontinued it.

The ruling threw the entire Lagos Assembly complex into frenzy, as lawmakers, staff and friends of the House felicitate with the Speaker, who is also aiming to be the next governor of Lagos State on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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