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“Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji Is Not Corrupt”-Court Declares …as His Guber Campaign Goes Into Full Swing

“Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji Is Not Corrupt”-Court Declares …as His Guber Campaign Goes Into Full Swing

“In criminal trial, the prosecution has the duty to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt; this duty has, first, to be discharged by the prosecution by making, at least, a prima facie case. If it fails to establish such a case, the accused is entitled to be discharged without being called upon to enter their defence. There is no corresponding duty on the accused to prove their innocence.”
With these words, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos formally cleared Lagos State Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji of stealing N600m state funds and asked him to go home after months of prosecution by the Court and persecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
The judgement also meant that the Speaker’s co-accused, his aide, Also, Ikuforiji’s aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, was equally discharged.
The whole drama began when the EFCC arraigned the pair, alleging that Ikuforiji and Atoyebi laundered various sums accumulating to about N600m.

The sums, which belonged to the Lagos State House of Assembly, were alleged to have been accessed by the duo without going through any financial institution or taken with any due process.

They had pleaded not guilty and allowed bail in the sum of N1bn each with two sureties in the sum of N500m each.
Justice Buba asserted that it was easy for the court to align with the argument of the first defendant’s counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), that “the trial had been based on trial and error, having been triggered off by a petition from one Comrade Eleya Olotu, a petition which has been established to be baseless and wicked; if at all the petitioner existed at all, because the said individual has disappeared into thin air.”

The judge recalled that the first prosecution witness, an investigator with the EFCC, Mr. Adeniyi Adebayo had admitted under cross-examination that he did not know much about the case as he had not participated fully in the investigation.

The court also noted that Adebayo had said that the focus of his investigation was not on whether the monies allegedly laundered by the accused persons were properly requested, duly approved or for specific official purposes.

Adebayo had told the court that his investigation centred on the allegation that the accused persons transacted in cash above the threshold stipulated by the Money Laundering Act, without going through financial institutions.
Allegations based on this watery investigation, in the opinion of the Judge were not weighty enough for the accused persons to have been brought to court in the first instance, he therefore ruled in the favour of the accused persons.
An elated Speaker who seemed to have sensed victory in the often had many supporters and friends in court, and the celebration was huge immediately the judgement was read and the Court proceedings over.
With this heavy load now taken off his shoulders, close sources revealed to us that the Speaker, whom in the last few weeks had kick-started his campaign with strategy sessions outside Nigeria during the summer holidays, has now kicked into full gear.
As we exclusively reported weeks, back, the Speaker in a private meeting with APC National Leader had got his assurances that not only has he not endorsed any candidate but there will be a free and fair primaries for the Gubernatorial ticket in Lagos.
The Speaker and his team, some of who came to congratulate at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja later that afternoon are due to meet this weekend to fine-tune their roadmap for the primaries.

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