Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

The trial of activist-lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, was stalled on Wednesday at the Federal High Court in Lagos due to the absence of prosecution counsel, Mohammed Idris.

Idris wrote the court to request for an adjournment because he was engaged elsewhere.

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyibo adjourned the trial till November 17 and 18.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Adegboruwa for allegedly dealing in a seized property.

He was charged under Section 32 (1) of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 which states that any person who deals in a property or asset that is the subject of an attachment, interim order or final order without due authorisation by the commission is liable to five years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The commission said Adegboruwa and Jonathan Udeagbala, said to be at large, allegedly conspired on August 13, 2013 to lease a property at House 105, NICON Town Estate, Lekki, which EFCC said was a “subject of interim orders of attachment made by Justice Christopher Balogun of the Lagos State High Court” on June 18, 2012.

But, On September 22, Justice Ayisat Opesanwo of the Lagos State High Court vacated the interim order of forfeiture.

Udeagbala was arraigned before the Lagos High Court for allegedly issuing dud cheques in favour of his business partner, Mr. Leonard Okafor.

In the course of the said trial, the parties met and decided to resolve the matter amicably after Udeagbala promised to raise funds by leasing his property in NICON Town, following which the court dismissed the criminal case on December 17 last year.

Udeagbala filed an application dated January 22 praying the Lagos High Court to discharge the interim order of forfeiture since the criminal charge upon which it was anchored had been dismissed.

The EFCC filed a counter-affidavit to the application, arguing that it had filed an appeal against the order of December 17, 2015, which dismissed the main criminal charge.

Ruling, Justice Opesanwo held that since the court had dismissed the main criminal charge, the interim order of forfeiture could not stand and that she could not sit on appeal against the order which dismissed the case.

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