Fani-Kayode Forgery Trial: Court Rebukes Lawyers For Delays

Justice Abike Fadipe of a Lagos Special Offences Court, Ikeja, has expressed displeasure over the delay in an ongoing trial of Former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode over alleged forging medical reports to evade trial.

At the resumed hearing, the judge frowned at how both the prosecution and the defence counsel wasted the court’s time as the trial could not go on.

The court had adjourned at the last proceeding for further direction before the commencement of trial.

When the matter came up, Justice Abike Fadipe asked the EFCC counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, about the update on the amended charge.

But the EFCC lawyer said that the Commission had not taken further action on the amended charge.

Subsequently, the judge also asked defence counsel if they had applied to get proof of evidence.

Fani-Kayode counsel, Wale Balogun, responded that he wanted the prosecutor to amend charges before doing so.

The development made the judge express displeasure for wasting the court’s time, noting that the defence counsel ought to have applied for proof of evidence without waiting for amended information.

The court thereafter adjourned to February 23, 24 and 28 2022 for commencement of trial.

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