EFCC again increases corruption charges, against Gbenga Daniel

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has further increased its official corruption charges against former Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State.

The anti-graft agency, had also, at the last hearing of the corruption trial, on June 8, filed two new charges against Daniel to increase the charges against him from the original 30 counts to 32.

At the resumption of the corruption trial at an Abeokuta high court on Monday, the EFCC lead lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, filed additional charges, by further amending the existing charges to accommodate fresh documents to back its case against the former governor.

Jacobs, who did not give details of the fresh charges, told the court to order Ogun State government to release the documents to enable him tender them through a witness.

In response, Daniel’s lead lawyer, Professor Taiwo Osipitan filed an oral application for an adjournment to enable his team to properly study the new charges and file their response.

Osipitan, who told the court that he was just being served with the EFCC additional charges on Monday, however said, the former governor is filing his fresh application to put a stop to endless amendments  by EFCC, to close the almost seven years old trial.

The additional charges has further extended the trial, which ought to have been closed on June 8, as promised by EFCC, to allow Daniel to open his defence against the charges.

Justice Larewaju Mabekoje adjourned further hearing till September 10 and 14.

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