Gbenga Daniel Not Discharged and Acquitted; EFCC to Re-file Charges

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Contrary to media reports that Otunba Gbenga Daniel has been discharged and  acquitted by the ruling of an Abeokuta High Court today, the EFCC wishes to clarify that the ruling of Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje was not a  discharge and acquittal of the former Ogun State Governor.
The trial judge only released Mr. Daniel on the sole technical ground that  the Commission failed to seek the consent of court before filing the  amended charges against the former governor.
Consequent on the ruling striking out the charges, the Commission will immediately apply to the Chief Judge of Ogun State for leave to re-file the charges against Otunba Daniel.  We consider it prudent and  reasonable to re-file the charges immediately as advised by Justice  Mabekoje in the said ruling, as against lodging an appeal against the  judgment, which action may take several months to decide at the Court of Appeal.
For the avoidance of doubt, the court did not rule on the competence or  merit of the charges against Otunba Daniel, therefore, he was not  discharged and acquitted by the ruling today.
Daniel was first arraigned on October 12, 2011 on a 16-count charge of  stealing, fraudulent conversion and failure to declare assets. He  pleaded not guilty to the charges and was admitted to bail, on October  14, 2011 in the sum of N500million and two sureties in like sum. The  charges were later amended to 43 counts.
Wilson Uwujaren
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

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