Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji Re-Arraigned

Lagos Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji
By Akin Kuponiyi

Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his Personal Assistant, Oyebode Alade Atoyebi were Monday re-arrianged on a 54-count criminal charge bordering on money laundering.

The re-arraignment was sequel to the retirement of the former judge, Justice Okechukwu Okeke, who was presiding over the case.

In lieu of the retirement of the judge, the case was re-assigned to Justice Ibrahim Buba.

Consequently, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, prosecuting counsel, Chief Godwin Obla amended the former 20-count charge and substituted it with a 54-count charge.

In the new charge, the accused speaker and his personnal assistant were alleged to have transacted business to the tune of N518 million without going through any financial institution between 2010 and 2011, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Money Laundering Act.

The Speaker and his aide pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Their lawyer, Mr. Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, leading two other senior lawyers, Tunde Akinrinmisi and Abiodun Onidare, told the court that they were cautious not to file application for bail because the accused persons were already on bail.

But the presiding judge, Justice Buba, said that he is not bound to the previous bail and therefore asked Oyetibo to move an application for bail.

Oyetibo said the speaker was on bail on self recognition, while the Clerk of Lagos State House of Assembly stood as surety for the second accused person.

In his reaction, Chief Obla said he is not opposing the bail application, but that what he is after is that the trial of the case should continue, therefore, leaving the issue of the bail to the discretion of the court.

In his ruling for the application for bail, Justice Buba granted them bail in the sum of N5 billion with two sureties in like sum.

The two sureties must file affidavit of means while the accused must sign an undertaking of coming to court regularly.

The bail condition must be perfected before 48 hours and the two accused will not be remanded in prison custody.

However, failure to perfect bail conditions before 48 hours will attract a bench warrant being issued against them.

However, Onidare and Akinrinmisi urged the court to vary the bail conditions.

In acceding to their request, Justice Buba reduced the bail from N5 billion to N1 billion.

Thereafter, the case was adjourned till 25 September for trial to commence.

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Pls get your facts Right

Farouks's bribe money which has not been proofed yet is non $6000m. Plaease ley us be reasonable with our comments.

Paul or pork?

Paul,justice salam didnt climb to nowhere.remember,He is never a self-made?He is just a public servant.if you worship him i dont.

I believe 5 billion naira

I believe 5 billion naira bail is a typing error.
Punch please verify.

When will all these

When will all these mis-management of public funds come to an end?

Politics of deceit!

Thank God this is not a PDP controlled state! Our some of our politicians are "wonder banks".
@Deri: Don't connect this unique case to our President!



EFCC awaits the one billion Naira surety

Anyone who proffers to sign and stand one billion Naira surety for Adeyemi Ikuforiji will thereby raise his own hand as a an exposed person unless he can show his legitimate billion Naira business.

The EFCC will be looking out for such a surety.

None will appear him cause

None will appear him cause it has to do with the speaker of an ACN controlled state-Lagos-if the thief had his name attached to Bayelsa state where Jonathan hails from we would not be able to find space to air our views-the entire area would have been filled with the diabolical thoughts of Tundemess Wahala sunday njokekde and osita dioka the abriba one of katsina ala--the man fell out with tinubu-hence the war-he thought he could out-msart his god father-without paying back some of the loot to him-

God bless Justice Ibrahim Buba

May God Almighty bless Justice Ibrahim Buba for restoring public confidence in the ordinary processes of law.

It is audacious that Adeyemi Ikuforiji took the liberty to dip his filthy hands into Lagos State treasury and took out over 550 million Naira in cash for his personal use. That's as offensive to public morals as robbery is to communal ethics.

Self-recognition is no basis for bail for anyone who used his current public office as instrument to commit a money crime. Retired Justice Okeke was plainly wrong to have earlier granted Adeyemi Ikuforiji bail in self-recognition. Now, Justice Buba has got the law right and denied bail in self-recognition.

Nigeria Judges and inconsistent Bail conditions

The man is being accussed of an offence of about N600million yet the Judge is asking for N1billion conditional bail? Where is the sensebility of such frivikious conditions being attached to his bail? How much was attached to Hon. Farouk & others that took a bribe of over $600 million dollars? The Judiciary should please put its house in order and stop making a mockery of the Judicial system please. As for the EFCC, put your facts / File in order before rushing to the Court please.


if this bastard were to be in PDP , then the ACN, the nation will be on rampage , saying PDP has looted the country dry. So how about this buffoon / has he not looted the state blind ?


Did you say it's not Justice Salami's era?would you or any one from your boring lineage ever reach Salami's climb in this life or even in the life to come,stop judging innocent people.

'Handover - Notes'......

This litany of CORRUPTION cases will constitute the framework of the Handover notes 4rm ACN to APC.
Ls APC, choose Tambuwal as yur flagbearer and Tom ikimi/ Tinubu as his running-mate. This combination will floor PDP ANYDAY!
We love u ACN... We love u APC! Dogs & Baboons MUST be Marinated in Blood!

NBA lawyers and court should stop maradoing this case

The nba and judiciary should stop the maradona tactics of this case because if it involves ordinary citizens there would have been verdict a long time ago.This is not justice salami era.This man is guilty as charged.

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