Judges’ conference disrupts Ikuforiji’s trial….DAILY INDEPENDENT

The criminal charge instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, will not go on as scheduled this week, Daily Independent has confirmed.

Ikuforiji is standing trial alongside his Personal Assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi, before Justice Okechuwku Okeke of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

EFCC alleged in the charge that the duo committed economic crime and laundered various sums of money above the amount permitted by law.

At the last adjourned date, the matter was fixed for March 19, 20 and 21 for continuation of trial.

But Daily Independent confirmed on Monday that Justice Okeke would not sit throughout the week.

The judge, according to investigation, is attending Judges’ Conference currently going on in Abuja.

EFCC, it would be recalled, had lost its bid to transfer the matter to another judge on grounds that Justice Okeke would soon retire from the Bench of the Federal High Court.

JD:At least the house will now be able to have more sitting days as the house is always closed whenever the speaker goes for his trial.Its a pity the speaker and the house are holding us all to ransom on this and worse still that all our activists are on vacation on this issue!SAD INDEED!