Corruption: Judge’s absence stalls Fani-Kayode, Usman’s trial

By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos

The absence of presiding judge, Justice Sule Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos stalled the trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and another former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenandi Usman over allegation of money laundering.

Fani-Kayode, who was theformer Director of Media and Publicity of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan re-election bid  is charged alongside Usman who was the director of finance in the said campaign organisation and one Danjuma Yusuf as well as a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd.

The Economic Financial and other Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned the accused on 17 counts bordering on unlawful retention, unlawful use and unlawful payment of money in the tune of about N4.9bn.

Though they pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail, however on Wednesday, the trial of the accused could not proceed due to the absence of Justice Hassan, who is said to be away on an official assignment.

The trial of the accused was, however, slated for October 21 for continuation.

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