Court Rejects Daniel’s Request To Stop Anti Graft Trial

An Abeokuta High Court  has rejected an application of Former Governor Gbenga Daniel seeking a stay proceeding in the official  corruption charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

The Former Governor, through his lead counsel, Professor Taiwo Osipitan told the Court that he had filed an application at an Appeal Court, against the High Court’s ruling that he has a case to answer before it.

Daniel during the resumed hearing of the charges against him urges the Court to stay proceeding until the application is determined by the Appeal Court.

But Justice Lanrewaju Mabekoje dismisses the oral application on the ground that there is no order from the Appeal Court that his Court should stay proceeding on the corruption filed against Daniel.

The Judge says the Ogun State Amended Criminal Justice procedure does not allow for granting of such frivolous application on a criminal matter.

Justice Mabekoje in his ruling , ordered the legal team of Daniel to  open  defence against the official corruption charges, and adjourned hearing  till  today , July 5 for  him.

The Abeokuta High Court had last May  ruled that Daniel  has a case to answer on the official corruption charges,  including  stealing, illegal conversion of public  property and award  of contract to companies allegedly linked to him while in office as Governor between  2003 and 2011.

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