Witnesses’ absence stall N11.5 bn suit against Alao-Akala, others


The trial of the usual governor of Oyo Pronounce, Adebayo Alao-Akala, and two others over alleged N11.5 billion fraud used to be on Thursday stalled due to absence of defendant’s witnesses.

Mr Alao-Akala, together alongside with his historical Commissioner for Native Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hosea Agboola; and a businessman, Femi Babalola, are being prosecuted by the EFCC at an Oyo Pronounce Excessive Court docket in Ibadan.

The defendants are facing an 11-count price of conspiracy, awarding contract without budgetary provision, obtaining by counterfeit pretences, buying property with money derived from illegal act and concealing the possession of such property, amongst others.

The EFCC had closed it case against the defendants while the defendant filed a no case submission, announcing they haven’t any case to acknowledge to.

Justice Olalekan Owolabi had, on July 1, ruled on the no-case submission, announcing the defendants own a case to acknowledge to and need to enter defence on conspiracy, obtaining money by counterfeit pretence, award of contract without budgetary provision.

On the Thursday hearing, Akeem Afolabi, SAN, counsel to Messrs Alao-Akala and Babalola, advised the court docket that he has two witnesses to be subpoenaed for the defence.

Mr Afolabi said provider is yet to be effected on the subpoenaed witnesses and that the witnesses are key to his case.

The counsel gave the identify of the subpoenaed witnesses to be an actual of EFCC, Muhammed Goji, and a senior police officer, Usman Dahiru.

He prayed the court docket to grant him an adjournment for the court docket papers to be served on the subpoenaed witnesses.

The counsel to Mr Agboola, Richard Ogunwole, SAN, aligned with the submission of Mr Afolabi and advised the court docket for an adjournment.

The Counsel to EFCC, Ubi Benedict, who acquired the subpoenaed direct pledged to abet the paperwork on the witnesses and manufacture definite that they give the impact of being in court docket.

Mr Owolabi adjourned the case until October 21 and 22, for further hearing.


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