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Trial in the charge against former Minister of state for Finance, Nenadi Esther Usman; the director of media and publicity of the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organization, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode; Danjuma Yusuf and Joint Trust Dimensions Limited before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos over the receipt and retention of funds constituting proceeds of crime could not proceed todayas previously scheduled due to the absence of Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode.
Counsel to Mr. Fani-Kayode, N.I. Quakers SAN informed the court that he received a telephone call from Mr. Fani-Kayode’s wife that he was complaining of heart-related pain. Mr. Quakers further informed the court that he has requested for a doctor’s report from his client which would be forwarded to the court before close of business today or tomorrow morning. He therefore asked for an adjournment.
The prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo did not oppose the application for an adjournment of the charge. He however noted that the 2nd defendant had used two of the five adjournments he is entitled to under the provisions of Section 396 (4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 as the trial had been scheduled for both today and tomorrow.
In view of Mr. Fani-Kayode’s absence and the application of his lawyer, the date earlier scheduled for tomorrow was vacated and the charge was adjourned to the 28th of February and the 1st and 2nd of March 2018 for continuation of trial.
For ease of reference Section 396 (4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 provides thus:
“Where day-to-day trial is impracticable after arraignment, no party shall be entitled to more than five adjournments from arraignment to final judgment provided that the interval between each adjournment shall not exceed 14 working days.”