EFCC Docks Ikuforiji, Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Thursday March 1, 2012 arraigned the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji and his personal assistant Oyebode Alade Atoyebi before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
The duo were arraigned before Justice Okechukwu Okeke on a 20 count charge of allegedly conspiring to commit an illegal act of accepting cash payments amounting to N273,303,780 (Two hundred and seventy three million, three hundred and three thousand, seven hundred and eighty naira) from the Lagos State House of Assembly without going through a financial institution, thereby committing an offence contrary to sections 18(a) of the money laundering (prohibition) Act 2011 and punishable under sections 16(2) (b) of the same Act.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.  Tayo Oyetibo, SAN counsel to the 1st accused person told the court that he had filed a motion for bail and that the motion had been served on the prosecution counsel. The same argument was canvassed by counsel to the 2ndaccused person.
Counsel to the EFCC, Godwin Obla said he was not going to oppose the bail but was more interested in the expeditious hearing of the substantive matter.
Justice Okeke then granted Ikuforiji bail on self recognition while his personal assistant was also granted bail with the Clerk of the House standing as his surety.
The  EFCC had tried to arraign the speaker and his co-accused before Justice James Tsogho on 30thof January but did not succeed as Justice Tsogho decline to hear the case on personal grounds. Part of the 20 amended charge read: Count one

That you Rt. Honourable Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji and Oyebode Alade Atoyebi sometimes between April 2010 and July 2011 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire among yourselves to do an illegal act, to wit accepting various cash payments amounting in the aggregate to the sum of N273,303,780 (Two hundred and seventy three million, three hundred and three thousand, seven hundred and eighty naira) only from the Lagos State House of Assembly without going through a financial institution, thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 18(a) of the money laundering (prohibition) Act 2011 and punishable under sections 16(2) (b) of the same act.
Count Two That you Rt. Honourable Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji, whilst being the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Oyebode Alade Atoyebi whilst being the personal assistant to the Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly sometime between April 2010 and July 2011 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did accept a cash payment of the sum of N7,150,000.00 (Seven million, one hundred and Fifty Thousand naira) only from the Lagos State House of Assembly without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (a) of the Money Laundering  (Prohibition) Act 2004 and punishable under section 15(2) (b) of the same Act. Count 3 That you, Rt. Honourable Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji whilst being the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly sometime between April 2010 and  July 2011 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did accept a cash payment of the sum of N8,135,083.00 (Eight Million, one hundred and thirty five thousand, Eight three naira) only through one Oyebode Alade Atoyebi (your personal assistant) from the Lagos state of Assembly without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (a) of the money laundering (prohibition) act, 2004 and punishable under section 15(2) (b) of the same act.

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