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Ladoja asks court to quash charges against him

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

LAGOS — Former Oyo State Governor, Chief Rasheed Ladoja,  yesterday asked a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to quash the charge of corruption and fraud brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ladoja, in the application, is contending that the court has no jurisdiction to adjudicate on the charges.

On March 25  this year, EFCC re-arraigned Ladoja alongside one of his former aides, Chief Waheed Akanbi, following the amendment of the charge brought against them.

In the earlier charge, the name of his former Commissioner of Finance, Chief Adewale Atanda, was contained in the charge, but it has been removed in the present charge and now listed as prosecution witnesses.

The accused persons, according to the prosecution, were alleged to have conspired to convert properties and resources derived from an illegal act, with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the properties and resources. Trial judge in the matter is Justice Ahmed Mohammed.

Ladoja in the application is praying the court to quash the charge against him,  contending that all the allegations against him are vague and do not link him with the commission of any crime to warrant his arraignment.

He is further contending that the charge, as framed, is not brought under any known law.

According to him, the proof of evidence placed before the court by the prosecution has no nexus with the charge and does not disclose any prima facie case against him,  maintaining that the EFCC has no power, jurisdiction or authority to prefer any charge against him.

The court has adjourned further hearing in the case till November 26 to enable the prosecution file its opposition to the application and enable counsel in the matter to file and serve their written addresses.


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