Counsel’s ill health stalls Fani Kayode’s trial

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Fani-Kayode during one of his court appearances
A Federal High Court , Abuja , on Tuesday adjourned the trial of former Minister of Aviation , Femi Fani- Kayode until July 7, due to his counsel ’ s ill health.

The court on April 25 adjourned the matter for cross examination after the testimony of the first prosecution witness , Mr . Victor Ehiabhi.

At the resumed hearing, the defence counsel , Abubakar Yusuf , who stood in for Ahmed Raji ( SAN) , informed the court that the defence would not be able to cross examine the witness due to Raji ’ s absence .

Yusuf said that Raji was currently receiving treatment abroad and the prosecution had been informed of the development.

The prosecuting counsel , Mr . Johnson Ojogbane, who did not oppose the application for an adjournment , urged the court to make sure the defence cross examined the witness on the next adjourned date .

After listening to both counsel , Justice John Tsoho adjourned the matter until July 7 for the cross examination of the first prosecution witness and continuation of trial.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Fani – Kayode was arraigned by EFCC before Justice Tsoho on a fresh five -count charge bordering on money laundering .

The ex – aviation minister was accused of allegedly collecting N 26m from the office of the former National Security Adviser , retired Col . Sambo Dasuki, and using same for media campaign.

Fani- Kayode is also facing another 17-count charge of money laundering before the Lagos division of the court .( NAN)

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