Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, returned the case file of the criminal case against a former Accountant General of the Federation, Jonah Otunla, to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for re-assignment.
He made the order following an application by counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Sylvanus Tahir, praying that the case be reassigned to another Judge since the trial is yet to commence before the transfer of Judge, Justice Dimgba, to another jurisdiction.
Otunla, who was absent at the resumed hearing on Thursday, is yet to be arraigned since 2017 when the EFCC filed a five-count charge bordering on money laundering against him.
The former AGF was charged alongside Ade Adelakun, and seven other companies, including Gold Reef Industries Limited, Lambster Nigeria Limited, G.C. Electronic Limited, Sinmilak Nigeria Limited, Wehsac Farms Limited, Shepherded Field Global Resources Limited and Stellavera Development Company Limited.
However, the absence of the former AGF stalled his arraignment
Tahir also informed the court that the second defendant, Ade Adelakun was deceaded.
Tahir said the family have served him with the death certificate.
The EFCC alleged are alleging that Otunla illegally siphoned N2bn from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria.