Court adjourns Ladoja’s trial
The Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned the trial of former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja till July 4.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arraigned him and former Finance Commissioner Waheed Akanbi for allegedly converting N4.7billion from the state treasury.
Akanbi’s lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, during cross-examination of the second prosecution witness, Adewale Atanda, sought to tender an extra-judicial statement made by the witness.
Prosecution lawyer Oluwafemi Olabisi opposed the document’s admissibility on the grounds that it was not properly certified.
He argued that it was only the authority in whose possession the original was that had the power to certify it.
Justice Idris upheld the prosecution lawyer’s submission and rejected the statement.
He directed the prosecution to assist Olumide-Fusika in ensuring that the witness statement and every other document that needed certifications were properly certified.
Akanbi reiterated his earlier testimony that he gave £600,000 to Bimpe, Ladoja’s daughter, on the former governor’s instruction.
He had earlier testified that the former governor gave directive that Oyo State’s shares be sold.
He said N634million, which was part of the commission and profit realised by stockbrokers handling the shares’ sale, were used as slush funds to prevent Ladoja’s impeachment.
Atanda was Ladoja’s special executive assistant.