By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, slated July 7 to rule on an application by former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, challenging the re-assignment of their money laundering case-file to a new trial Judge.
The defendants who are facing 27-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against them, rejected the transfer of their case-file to Justice B.O. Quadri by Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta.
The defendants maintained that they want to be tried by Justice Adeniyi Ademola before whom they were previously arraigned by the anti-graft agency.
They declined to take fresh plea before Justice Quadri pending the determination of the objection they filed through their lead counsel, Mr. Joe Agi, SAN.
The CJ had in exercise of his administrative powers, transferred the case-file to a new Judge after Justice Ademola was arrested and subsequently prosecuted by the Federal Government on corruption charges.