Court adjourns Ladoja’s trial till March 31

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[Lagos]–A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday has adjourned the trial of a former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, till March 31.

Ladoja who was charged alongside one of his aides, Waheed Akanbi, is being accused of fraud amounting to 4.7 billion naira.

They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an eight-count charge bordering on fraud, ThePage reports.

The case which was earlier slated for continuation of trial, could not proceed on Monday, March 27 as judges were said to be attending a conference, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The court’s registrar consequently, fixed a new trial date as March 31.

It should be recalled that EFCC had in November 2008 arraigned the accused on 10 counts of conspiring to convert properties and resources derived from an alleged illegal act, with the intention of concealing their illicit origin.

The EFCC had also alleged that Ladoja used N42 million out of the proceeds to purchase an Armoured Land Cruiser Jeep, and remitted about 600,000 pounds to one Bimpe Ladoja in London.

Ladoja and Akanbi have however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.




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