Story by Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
The Federal High Court in Lagos has again granted permission to a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Fayose is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for an alleged N2.2billion fraud.
Following an application by his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), Justice C.J. Aneke, for the second time, granted Fayose permission to go abroad for treatment.
The judge had in July granted Fayose permission for a foreign medical trip.
The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), did not oppose the today request.
After granting the travel permission, Justice Aneke adjourned till January 16, 2020 for continuation of trial.
Fayose is being prosecuted alongside his company, Spotless Limited.
In the charges, the EFCC alleged, among others, that Fayose, on June 17, 2014, “took possession of the sum of N1, 219, 000,000 to fund his 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Ekiti State, which he reasonable ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing.”
The ex-governor was also alleged to have on the same day “received a cash payment of $5,000,000 from Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 1 and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty.