Bankole’s trial stalled as counsel travel to London

The trial of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole at an Abuja Federal High Court failed to begin yesterday as earlier scheduled to begin before yesterday did not go on as both counsel in the matter wrote to the court asking for an adjournment.

Prosecuting counsel, Festus Keyamo and Bankole’s counsel Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) asked for adjournment in a letter to the court, saying that they are both in London and have agreed to return to court on February 22.
The former speaker lost a bid to quash a 16-count charge of contract fraud amounting to N894 million (not N9 billion as earlier reported) proffered against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The court had in December last year held that there is a link between Bankole and the offenses he is being charged with.
Bankole had also filed an application seeking to disqualify Keyamo as prosecutor in the matter saying he did not have the fiat of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to prosecute the matter.
But Justice Donatus Okorowo said once a legal practitioner is briefed on an issue he wears the shoes of the AGF.
He said the alleged bias of prosecution cannot affect the court’s judgment.

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