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Bankers’ Suit Stalled For Non-service Of Court Processes

Posted: Jun 9, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola,  Ibadan

Proceedings at the trial of some bankers facing fraudulent and conspiracy charges before Justice Adeyinka Faaji of the Federal High Court, Ibadan were stalled yesterday, because processes had not been served on some of the counsel.

At the sitting of the court where the case which was heard in batches last week before it was adjourned till yesterday was called, applications for bail were supposed to be heard.

In the two-batch case, the defendants/applicants who had sought for the court bail the previous week were of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Isiaq Akano, Ayodele Adeyemi, Oyebamiji Akeem, Ayodeji Alase and Ajiwe Adegoke.

Others were Oni Ademola Dolapo, Afolabi Esther Olunike, Ademola Ebenezer Adewale, Kolawole Babalola, Olaniran Muniru and Toogun Kayode Phillip and they were all remanded in Agodi prison where they were all ordered returned to yesterday pending hearing of their bail application on Thursday.

Before the case was adjourned yesterday, there was a serious argument on whether the bail applications should be heard or not since some processes of the court were not served on some of the counsel to the defendants.

When counsel to all the defendants could not reach a common ground as to whether the case should be heard or not, the presiding judge suggested that the case be stood down till 12noon subject to the agreement of the counsel.

While the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN agreed to that, other counsel expressed fear that the prosecution could still claim he had no enough time to go through the processes.

Out of seven counsel holding briefs for the accused persons, about three said they were ready for the proceedings when asked individually by the judge and the judge then told all the counsel to put heads together and arrive at a common position on the issue.