The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday
re-arraigned former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose for alleged money
laundering, even as the court granted his application to travel abroad
for medical treatment.
The trial judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, also ordered the release
of Fayose’s international passport and that the passport be returned
to the court on September 16, 2019.
The re-arraignment followed the re-assignment of the case to Justice
Chukwujekwu Aneke after the prosecution expressed loss of confidence
in Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, who was previously handling it.
EFCC counsel, Mr. S. A. Adewale had told the court last Friday that
the prosecution was not ready for the arraignment, prompting the
adjournment of the matter till today.
Fayose was arraigned alongside a company, Spotless Investment Limited
today, on the same 11 counts, with which he was charged by the EFCC on
October 22, 2018,
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and his counsel, Ola
Olanipekun (SAN) applied that he should be allowed to continue to
enjoy the bail earlier granted by Justice Olatoregun, to which the
EFCC counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi raised no objection.
Justice Aneke consequently admitted the former governor to bail in the
terms and conditions earlier granted by Justice Olatoregun.
The trial was adjourned till September 16, 17, 18 and 19 as well as
October 21 to 25, 2019.