The commencement of trial of an aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Gbenga Makanjuola, facing charges of N3.5 billion fraud before Justice Babs Kuewumi of a Federal High Court, Lagos, was on Thursday stalled following his transfer.
Kuewumi told parties in the suit that he had been transferred to the Sokoto Division of the court, adding that it would be wiser to adjourn the case for the incoming judge to take over.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had preferred an 11-count fraud charge against Makanjuola, a Deputy Chief of Staff to Saraki, Melrose General Services Limited, Obiorah Amobi (Operations Manager at Melrose) and Kolawole Shittu (a cashier).
The accused were arraigned on October 3, 2018 and had pleaded not guilty to charges, while the court had granted them bails in the sum of N250 million each, with sureties in like sums.
The court had then adjourned the case for the prosecution to open trial.
When the case was called on Thursday, Ekene Iheanacho announced appearance for the prosecution.
Messrs K. T. Olaolu, Paul Erokoro (SAN) and Omeoga Chukwu announced their appearances for the accused.
The prosecutor reminded the court that the case was slated for the prosecution to begin trial, adding that subject to the court’s convenience, he was ready to proceed
Defence counsel also confirmed to the court that they were ready to proceed with trial.