Money Laundering: Ikuforiji, Aide Face 56 Fresh Charges

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has filed  56-count amended charge of money laundering against the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly,  Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his personal assistant, Oyebode Alade Atoyebi.

In the amended charge dated 4 June, 2013 filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos by Mary Onaja, it was alleged that Ikuforiji and Atoyebi between April 2010 and August 2011 conspired together to commit an illegal act, to wit, accepting various cash payments amounting to the sum of N673 million from the Lagos State House of Assembly without going through a financial institution, thereby committing an offence contrary to sections 18a of the Money Laundering Act 2011.

The Speaker and his personal assistant were to be re-arraigned before another judge of the federal high court in Lagos Monday as the former judge, Justice Okechukwu Okeke presiding over the trial has retired

However, the speaker and his personal assistant were not in court.

Consequntly, the case was adjourned till 24 June, 2013 when the two of them  would be arraigned.

On 24 April, 2013, the  presiding judge, Justice Okeke adjourned the matter indefinitely.

When the matter was mentioned that day, a new counsel engaged by the EFCC, David Idenu, announced his appearance, while Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, leading two other senior counsel, Abiodun Omidare and Tunde Akinrimisi, announced their appearance for the accused speaker and his aide.

Justice Okeke, while adjourning the matter indefinitely, said the former  EFCC prosecutor was blackmailing the court by constantly asking for adjournments.

In the initial charge, the accused persons were alleged to have conspired between April 2010 and July 2011, to commit an illegal act of accepting cash payments amounting to N273.3 million from the Lagos State House of Assembly without going through a financial institution.

Ikuforiji was alleged to have misappropriated about N500 million of the House’s funds, an offence which contravenes Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011.

—Akin Kuponiyi



    It Would be More Productive if Our Elected ACN Leaders In Lagos Started Working together as Lagosian instead of just blackmail stalling and breaking each back with blasphemy for the next election
    PDP and other parties are recording or watching the scenerio unproductive rivalry within ACN Future Leadership .
    ACN Leader should think about interest of Lagosian , Good Road in all constituency, More investment to our Hospital, Education with adequate facility etc,
    Action Congress Nigeria Leader in Lagos State Government and non Government cabinet need to start work together and resolve issue of future rivalry next Governor of Lagos State.

    Action Congress of Nigeria in Lagos State forgot they have opponents , The more you expose your Leadership, you are breaking each other Leadership within Action Congress. You are given other Party advantage to take ownership of next election . Watch out !

    Governor BRF, the former commissioner for the environment, Dr. Muiz Banire , Rt Honorable Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat and other Leader, Please this your time in 21 century do something in a close door for interest of Party and Peoples of Lagos State. May almighty give our Leaders and Governor wisdom to rule Lagos State. Let forget past and work together in progress and one Love for interest of Lagos State.

  2. Ronke Awosile

    Please we had enough about mishandle cash allegation . BRF Executive Governor can shed us light about this issue. Other wise leave the man alone.
    I believe Ikuforiji is a treat as one future Leader in ACN that is why all this sabotage and blasphemy toward 2015.election. This is politics ! The Executive Arm of Government has supremacy over Legislative Arm of Government head by Ikuforiji, Therefore our Excellence Governor BRF , Please give us detail rather silent.

  3. Charles

    why can’t they prosecute the case what are they waiting for?

  4. Livingston

    They should make it 96 count charges please

  5. jide babs

    2015 wahala ! More than 2years now these case is ongoing.Every Politician knows that ikuforiji did nothing or have any case with EFCC.If you charge someone to court and is the prosecutor that is always absent from the hearing…..EFCC are paid to take these case to shore of 2015

  6. obi. c

    How long will this case go, for 2 years or so it has been one story or another. Unless the judicial system of Nigeria is reviewed no case involving high profile personalities can end quickly or normally.

  7. Badeola

    This dude can only go to JAIL when TINUBU is sleeping.

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