A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed June 28, for the re-arraignment of former Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, who is facing charges of N6.9billion fraud.
Fayose was arraigned on October 22 2018, before Justice Mojisola Olatotegun, alongside a company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on 11 counts bordering on fraud and money laundering offences.
He is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail on October 24, 2018, in the sum of N50 million with sureties in like sum.
The prosecution had opened trial on November 19, 2018, and had so far called 13 witnesses out of the 15 listed.
However, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati had transferred the case from Olatoregun to a new judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, following a petition by the EFCC seeking a transfer of the case.
A new date of June 28 has now been fixed for the re-arraignment of Fayose before Aneke.
The CJ’s letter of transfer had read as follows:
“I refer to the petition of EFCC on this case and your Lordship’s comments thereto.
“It is apparent that the prosecution has lost confidence in the judge trying this case and justice must not only be done but must be seen to have been done, I hereby transfer this case to Hon. Justice C. J. Aneke for hearing.”