Ohakim Knows Fate Oct. 5 Whether to Go Back to Former Trial Judge, Ademola

A Federal High Court in Abuja is to rule on October 5 whether or not to return the case file of former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim to the former trial Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola.
Ohakim was to be arraigned on Thursday before Justice Babatunde Quadri, the Judge to which the case file was transferred, but counsel to Ohakim, Awa Kalu, informed the court of an application by the former Governor to have the case returned to its former Judge.
Kalu argued that in the application that he had a letter addressed to the Federal High Court headquarters seeking the transfer of the matter to Justice Adeniyi Ademola, the trial Judge before he (Ademola) was suspended last year.
The prosecution did not object to the application, as a similar request had been made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) .
After going through the letter, the Justice Quadri adjourned the case till October 5 for ruling on the application for the re-transfer of the matter.
Recall Ohakim was charged by the EFCC for allegedly making a cash payment of $2.29 million for a land at Plot No. 1098 Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District of Abuja.
The property is located at No. 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Asokoro.
The matter was heard by Justice Ademola until the Judge withdrew following allegations of fraud against him last year.
Ademola had earlier refused a no-case submission by the former Governor and ordered that the matter continue on October 10 last year.
However, following Ademola’s arrest and subsequent trial for alleged fraud on October 7, 2016, the case was transferred to another judge.
Ademola however returned to the bench after he was acquitted in court of the charges against him and recalled by the National Judicial Commission.
He has since resumed sitting on most of his previous cases.

Author: News Editor

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