The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has told an Ogun State high court sitting in Abeokuta that it has prepared more criminal charges against former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
The EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs stated this today, Thursday November 17, 2011 while asking the trial judge, Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje for a short adjournment to enable him file additional charges against the former governor.
Daniel had on October 12 been arraigned before the court on a 16 count charge of stealing and diversion of state funds for personal use.
After taking his plea and subsequently granted bail on some stringent conditions, the case was adjourned tillÂ 17 November, 2011 for commencement of trial.
When the matter came up today, counsel to EFCC,Rotimi Jacobs sought the courtâ€™s leave for a week adjournment based on the fact that more charges have been prepared against the accussed which the prosecution intends to file before the court.
He said, however, he was ready for trial to commence if the court insists.
According to him,”My Lord,I have just received a brief from my client which says additional charges against the accussed person have been added to the existing 16 count charges. I hope to file these charges before your Lordship so a full scale trial can commence.
“Although I have my witnesses in court and I am also prepared if your Lordship says trial must begin. But I strongly feel that it will be most appropriate to file these new charges so when I need to refer to issues raised in them during trial,it will be convenient.”
The presiding judge then asked the defence counsel, Taiwo Oshipitan SAN if he has any objection to which he answered no.
The case was thereafter adjourned till the 28 November, 2011.
The former governor was granted bail by the court on Friday October 14 in the sum of N500 million and two sureties in like sum.
The sureties must have landed property within the jurisdiction of the court must also submit the title of same to the court registrar along with their passport photographs.