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Court fixes April 3, for ex-governor Daniel’s trial

Abeokuta – An Abeokuta High Court on Thursday fixed April 3 and April 4 for the continuation of the trial of a former governor of Ogun, Chief Gbenga Daniel.

Daniel is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 38-count charge bordering on fraudulent conversion of land and diversion of public funds.

The former governor however filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Ibadan, challenging a ruling of the lower court which dismissed his plea to quash counts 1-13 of the charges.

Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje of the Abeokuta High Court consequently adjourned the case till Feb. 6, to enable the appellate court rule on the appeal.

At the resumed proceedings on Thursday, Daniel’s counsel, Mr Tayo Oyetibo, told the court “there is no more hurdle in the way of the trial”.

He said that the court of appeal had ruled that his client should also stand trial for the counts 1-13 in the subsisting suit.

EFCC counsel, Mr Toyosi Kuteyi, who confirmed the development thereafter asked for a trial date.

The case was subsequently adjourned to April 3 and April 4 for continuation of trial. (NAN)


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