The EFCC on Tuesday re-arraigned a lawyer to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Uyiekpen Osagie-Giwa, and his son, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, before the Federal High Court in Lagos on a three-count charge of money laundering to the tune of $2 million.
The duo was first arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo on a three-count charge bordering on the alleged offence on August 14. They both pleaded not guilty.
The EFCC said in a statement that the accused were both re-arraigned before Justice Chuka Obiozor for the first time.
The commission said the lead counsel to the first and second defendants, Ahmed Raji and Quarkers Norrison, were represented by Johnson Samuel and Olufemi Anjorin respectively.
They reportedly applied in writing to the court to adjourn the matter on the grounds that the lead counsel for both defendants were not in the court.
It added that the lawyers also informed the court that a letter had been written to the Administrative Judge of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, seeking directive to consolidate the case as same charges were filed against the defendants before both Justice Obiozor and Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke
The prosecution counsel, Kufre Uduak, however, confirmed the receipt of the ‘consolidation letter’ and the applications for adjournment.
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