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Jugde Threatens To Jail Obanikoro If Medical Report is False over N2.2bn fraud trial


The trial of the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose scheduled for Thursday was stalled following the failure of the prosecution witness, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, to appear in court today, citing health condition.

The N2.2bn fraud trial of the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, was stalled on Thursday due to the absence of the prosecution’s star witness, Musiliu Obanikoro.

The prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told the judge that Obanikoro, who was in court only on Tuesday testifying against Fayose, had been hospitalised.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, upon receiving the medical result from Jacobs, had threatened to revoke the operating licence of the doctor who signed the medical result if it turned out to be false.

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In her judgment, the judge insisted that Obanikoro must present himself for the trial or risk coming to ”court in Black Maria.”

The judge, however, adjourned the case till March 18 with a warning to Senator Obanikoro to appear in court that day or “… he can be coming to court in Black Maria.”

The judge also said that, “He must present himself before the court on the next adjourned date or be compelled to do so.”