EFCC Seeks Court’s Nod to Arrest Ladoja as He Kicks

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Friday asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the arrest of former Governor of Oyo State Chief Rashidi Ladoja.
The anti-graft agency said Ladoja has refused to show up in court to answer charges in a N4.7bn money laundering case against him.
Prosecuting counsel Oluwafemi Olabisi informed the court that the defendant has refused to honour invitation extended to him by the EFCC.
Ladoja is charged along with his former aide, Chief Waheed Akanbi.
According to Olabisi, the defendants deliberately stayed away from court and merely sent their lawyers to represent them.
He urged the court to issue a bench warrant against the defendants.
At the Friday’s proceedings before Justice Idris, the EFCC lawyer, Olabisi, told the court that the anti-graft agency was ready to re-arraign Ladoja, as it had since October 31, 2016 filed an application to that effect.
But Ladoja’s lawyer, Bolaji Onilenla, said his client had filed a counter-affidavit in opposition to the EFCC’s application to re-arraign him.
Onilenla insisted that his client had yet to exhaust the window of appeal open to him at the Supreme Court and contended that the EFCC could not cut Ladoja’s right of appeal short by rushing to re-open the case.
He said he did not know the matter was for arraignment as the case was still pending at the Supreme Court.
Besides, he said EFC gave a fiat to Festus Keyamo to prosecute the case, not Oluwafemi, who is a counsel in Keyamo’s firm.
“We are challenging the locus standi of the prosecuting lawyer to set this matter down for hearing. If the flat is given to Keyamo, no other person in his chamber can take it over. It cannot be transferred.
“Keyamo should personally prosecute it, he cannot transfer the prosecutorial power to any other person in his chamber,” Onilenle said.
He said Ladoja had filed an application to relist his appeal, which was struck out, at the Supreme Court.
The defence counsel added that to continue with the trial would amount to disrespecting the Supreme Court.
Justice Idris adjourned until November 25 for ruling on the application for warrant of arrest.

Author: News Editor

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