Sule Lamido Files Application to Stop Transfer of Trial to Another Court

Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, Wednesday, brought an application before a Federal High Court in Abuja, praying the court not to transfer his trial from Justice Adeniyi Ademola’s court, who handled it from the onset, to another court.
Sule Lamido and his two sons and six others have been standing trial before Justice Ademola Adeniyi for abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N1.3bn
When the matter resumed before Justice B. O. Quadri, Wednesday, counsel to Lamido and his two sons, Joe Agi, said there was an application which sought to stop the transfer of the case to another court.
In a Motion on Notice, the Lamidos are seeking an order for “the case file to be returned to the Honorable Justice A. F. A. Ademola of the Federal High Court.
“An order directing an accelerated hearing and determination of the charge against the defendants”
The defendants /applicants urged the court to take cognisance if the fact that the case started in September 2015, “that 18 prosecution witnesses had testified, that the reassignment of the case by the Chief Judge is contrary to law”
They averred that starting the case afresh “will be prejudicial to the rights of the defendants who are to have their case heard and determined within a reasonable time”
In a written address, the Lamidos’ counsel said the case falls among the class of cases that require expeditious hearing. “Therefore, it ought to be given special and urgent attention ”
Agi anchored his argument on the need for expeditious trial on Section 396(3)&(7) Administration of Criminal Justice Act, which provides that “Upon arraignment the trial of the defendant shall proceed from day-to-day until the conclusion of the trial”
He argured further that if the trial is not swiftly heard and determined, the defendants will be prejudiced and the interest of justice will not be served should the defendants be exonerated at the end of trial.
The prosecution counsel from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Sadisu Abubakar requested for an adjournment to enable him react to the application.
The Judge, Justice Quadri, consequently adjourned the case to May 3.

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