Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday adjourned the trial of a former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, until November 15.
Lamido is being prosecuted alongside his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, and two others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 27-count charge bordering on abuse of office and money laundering.
At the resumed hearing, counsel to the defendants, Kanu Agabi (SAN), informed the court of his appearance in the matter for the first time.
The senior advocate took over from Joe Agi (SAN).
The prosecuting counsel, Chile Okoroma, who did not oppose the defence counsel’s plea, told the court that he had assembled his witnesses and they were ready to go on with the trial.
He said he would not oppose the defendants’ right to adequate legal representation in the interest of justice.
Consequently, Justice Quadri adjourned the matter until November 15 and 16 for a continuation of trial.
It would be recalled that Justice Babatunde Quadri had on July 7 dismissed an application by the former governor requesting that the trial be returned to the former trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola.