Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan yesterday adjourned till tomorrow, the trial of four accused persons an alleged N8 billion currency scam.
Justice Abdulmaleek adjourned the trial following prayers by the defence counsel that plea bargain arrangement entered into by the fourth accused person, Oni Ademola was ongoing. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the other accused persons facing trial included Kolawole Babalola, Olaniran Adeola and Togun Philip.
“I shall give the opportunity to know the content of the plea bargain and whether it affects their case. “It is my own view that the issue of plea bargain is solely an affair of the fourth defendant and the prosecution.
“Let me also state that the issue of plea bargain cannot stall further examination and cross examination of the accused persons,” Abdulmaleek said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the case slated for trial was stalled by Adebisi Adeniyi, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes’ Commission (EFCC). Adeniyi told the court that Y.A. Ruba, counsel to the fourth accused person, Ademola, had entered into a plea bargaining arrangement with the commission.