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Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by abbay19(m): 11:41pm On Jul 07, 2014
Mr. Ikuforiji and his aide are facing a 54-count amended charge of money laundering of over N600 million.
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Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has fixed July 11 to rule on a ‘No case submission’ application filed by Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Mr. Ikuforiji and Oyebode Atoyebi, his aide are facing a 54-count amended charge of money laundering amounting to over N600 million.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, accused the Speaker and his aide of receiving the money from the Lagos State House of Assembly without passing through a financial institution.
At the resumed trial on Monday, Wole Olanipekun, counsel to Mr. Ikuforiji urged the court to discharge and acquit his client of all the charges in the amended count.
“There are three issues raised for determination, from constitutional to jurisdictional to that of sovereignity of the Office of the Speaker of the House of Assembly before arriving to the fact that no evidence has been adduced at all to prove the offence of money laundering,” said Wole Olanipekun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
“Let me say this, on a very serious note, this is the first case of criminal proceeding in this country that a Speaker of a House is accused of money laundering.
“Not on money consumed by him in a personal capacity, but in respect of funds officially released after due requisition and spent on officials and staff,” Mr. Olanipekun added.
The prosecution had closed its case at the last sitting, on June 20, after calling its two witnesses – Adebayo Adeniyi, an investigator with the EFCC and Adewale Olatunji, a former Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
During his evidence, Mr. Adeniyi had detailed how the defendants allegedly laundered millions of naira through honorarium, renovation of the Speaker’s residence and guest house as well as to the Speaker’s wife, Mayowa Ikuforiji.
When it was time for the defence to open its case, Mr. Olanipekun filed a ‘no case submission.’
The Speaker’s counsel said that it would make a mockery of the country’s criminal justice system to prosecute someone for money laundering while discharging his official assignments.
“Just (recently), the Vanguard newspaper carried a headline that said $3.5 million was released to the Green Eagles and that a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was to convey that amount to them in Brazil,” said Mr. Olanipekun.
“By parity of reasoning, in respect of government transactions, the Money Laundering Act does not apply.”
Mr. Olanipekun said that financial proceedings and procedures of the House of Assembly are covered by financial transactions under Section 25 (of the Money Laundering Act).
“All the documents tendered by the prosecution in respect of official releases are from the account of the House of Assembly contained in Lagos,” he said.
“The Office of the Speaker is not a personal office, but a public office constitutionally created by Section 92. Each of the accounts have not accused the applicant of diverting public funds to his purse,” Mr. Olanipekun continued.
“PW2 (Second prosecution witness) when I put a question to him under cross examination whether the money was illegal, he answered sarcastically that it was not illegal. That unless government was illegal, then the money coming from it will be illegal.”
Mr. Olanipekun noted that the question of the Speaker’s transaction exceeding the stipulated threshold should not arise.
“Apart from imprisonment, the law stipulates that 25 percent of the laundered money be forfeited to the federal government.
“Will the money of the Lagos State government forfeited to the federal government, the answer is in the negative.
“And how do you make him (the Speaker) forfeit what others had utilized?”
Mr. Olanipekun also stated that his client is sovereign and was covered under the immunity law, a federal legislation, which protects the accused person from criminal prosecution.
He further said that the Speaker was being charged under the 2004 Money Laundering Act, which had been repealed by the 2011 version. “This trial amounts to witch-hunting and criminal prosecution should not be used for that,” he added.
In his response, Godwin Obla, counsel to the EFCC, said that the defendants were deliberately charged under the 2004 Act to avoid the Bode George treatment.
“The objection as to the accused persons being charged under 2004 is not relevant
“If we had charged them with 2011 Act, they would have used the Bode George example which the Supreme Court stated that no such law existed as at the time of committing the offence. That’s why we decided to use the 2004. The offences were committed between 2010 and 2011,” said Mr. Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
“The wording of the statutes of the 2004 and 2011 Acts has not changed, what has changed is the threshold,” he added.
The EFCC counsel said that the Speaker’s aide had admitted, in a confessional statement, that he collected cash on 57 different occasions and Mr. Ikuforiji had also admitted that the money was remitted to him.
On the issue of immunity, Mr. Obla said that the constitution states that it covers only the president, vice president, governor, and deputy governor.
“The privilege of the members of the House does not include protection from criminal arrests,” Mr. Obla added.
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by Mynd44: 7:00am On Jul 08, 2014
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by dridowu: 7:05am On Jul 08, 2014
=N=600M , haba no be small money. July 11 is a just a matter of days, with this 9ja judiciary their is every possibilites the matter will sweep under the carpet like every other case involving 9ja politicians

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by Guykhena(m): 7:06am On Jul 08, 2014
N600 million shocked
What's with all these people and big numbers? undecided

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by oyatmicah(m): 7:07am On Jul 08, 2014
one day bush meat go catch d Hunter

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by ednut1(m): 7:07am On Jul 08, 2014
which one of dem is nt a crook apc pdp apga all na same taking us for a ride. i pray one day nigerians get d liver to revolt .

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by Nobody: 7:09am On Jul 08, 2014
As usual, they might escape without any sentence.
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by hydeka: 7:09am On Jul 08, 2014
600Million! Stealing in high places. Petty thieves need to take some lessons from these guys. Very Bad. And where will he spend this money? Probably in another man's country. Foolishness.
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by Nobody: 7:10am On Jul 08, 2014
If guilty, should face the full wrath of the law.

Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by Isiterere(m): 7:10am On Jul 08, 2014
" mere stealing" GEJ 2014

ALL IZZ WELL

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by justi4jesu(f): 7:11am On Jul 08, 2014
hmmm
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by datguru: 7:11am On Jul 08, 2014
See this kind money in a single blow. If na Yahoo boy now .........

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by tammmy(m): 7:13am On Jul 08, 2014
We treat this news with derision but on the other hand it amuses me nija never gets broke from all the billions and million looting, jeez
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by englishmart(m): 7:14am On Jul 08, 2014
Money keeps missing. I need opportunity to steal too.
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by bruno419(m): 7:14am On Jul 08, 2014
birds of same feathers
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by Temidayo9(m): 7:15am On Jul 08, 2014
Ordinary steeling they will call it curruption. Why tryn it in court?

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by Busuyib(f): 7:15am On Jul 08, 2014
Hmm
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by seedord247(m): 7:17am On Jul 08, 2014
englishmart: Money keeps missing. I need opportunity to steal too.

You can start with one chance grin grin
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by Nobody: 7:17am On Jul 08, 2014

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by Temidayo9(m): 7:17am On Jul 08, 2014
melojames: If guilty, should face the full wrath of the law.
. Did Nigerian Law has wrath for Rich Men?
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by CVWizards(m): 7:18am On Jul 08, 2014
Fraud.
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by dammytosh: 7:18am On Jul 08, 2014
600 Billion is corruption


600 Million is stealing

If it is PDP it is Wicked Stealing

If it is APC it is Progressive Stealing

Nigeria Fuji House Of Commotion.

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by henryobinna(m): 7:18am On Jul 08, 2014
is his fate death?

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by phayvoursky(m): 7:18am On Jul 08, 2014
Make una leave the man o. How much is #600 million compared to $20 billion stolen by Jona n his sister or compared to what Asiwaju n his Fash boy have looted from Lagos state.


Hypocrites.

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by englishmart(m): 7:19am On Jul 08, 2014
seedord247:

You can start with one chance grin grin
one chance beyond stealing. It's killing and robbery. I need to steal reasonable amount that will make me popular. LOL
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by gidjah(m): 7:21am On Jul 08, 2014
LOTS of them theives,in gov't house
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by hydeka: 7:22am On Jul 08, 2014
Temidayo9: . Did Nigerian Law has wrath for Rich Men?
More appropriately, DOES Nigerian law HAVE wrath for rich men? Good morning

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by ElFenomeno1: 7:22am On Jul 08, 2014
Please decide his fate quickly and if found guilty, he should be sent to the slammers forever and the keys thrown into River Nile!
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by angela98(f): 7:23am On Jul 08, 2014
dridowu: =N=600M , haba no be small money. July 11 is a just a matter of days, with this 9ja judiciary their is every possibilites the matter will sweep under the carpet like every other case involving 9ja politicians
exactly! That is how this case is going to go. Na today True talk.

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Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by Nobody: 7:25am On Jul 08, 2014
Everytin, everyone in naija is..,...
Re: Alleged N600m Fraud Trial: Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, Knows Fate July 11 by frainc(m): 7:27am On Jul 08, 2014
I need to kill this man( take am, ur father yansh)

Iku o'ni foriji e o

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