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


The trial of the ragged governor of Oyo Say, Adebayo Alao-Akala, and two others over alleged N11.5 billion fraud changed into on Thursday stalled because of this of absence of defendant’s witnesses.

Mr Alao-Akala, collectively alongside with his ragged Commissioner for Native Authorities and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hosea Agboola; and a businessman, Femi Babalola, are being prosecuted by the EFCC at an Oyo Say High Court in Ibadan.

The defendants are going through an 11-count charge of conspiracy, awarding contract with out budgetary provision, obtaining by fraudulent pretences, shopping property with cash derived from unlawful act and concealing the possession of such property, among others.

The EFCC had closed it case against the defendants whereas the defendant filed a no case submission, saying they’ve no case to answer.

Justice Olalekan Owolabi had, on July 1, ruled on the no-case submission, saying the defendants have a case to answer and need to enter defence on conspiracy, obtaining cash by fraudulent pretence, award of contract with out budgetary provision.

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

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

The counsel gave the name of the subpoenaed witnesses to be an good 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 entreated the court docket for an adjournment.

The Counsel to EFCC, Ubi Benedict, who bought the subpoenaed impart pledged to support the paperwork on the witnesses and fabricate particular that they seem in court docket.

Mr Owolabi adjourned the case except October 21 and 22, for added hearing.


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