N3.5 Billion Fraud: Trial of Saraki’s aides adjourned

Judge transferred from Lagos to Sokoto

Senator Bukola Saraki and Gbenga Makanjuola

The trial of Gbenga Makanjuola and Kolawole Shittu, deputy chief of staff and cashier respectively to President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki has been adjourned till March 13 by Justice Babs O. Kuewumi of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Makanjuola and Shittu are being tried with Robert Chidozie Mbonu, a former Managing Director of the defunct Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, SGBN, Melrose General Services Limited and Obiora Amobi, an Operation Manager at Melrose General Services Limited over an alleged conspiracy, accepting cash payment beyond lawful limit and money laundering to the tune of N3.5billion.

The accused were arraigned on October 3 last year on an amended 11-count charge. They all pleaded not guilty to the charge.
At the opening of today’s proceedings, Justice Kuewumi announced that has been transferred to Sokoto and may not be able to hear the case: “I have been posted out of Lagos State to Sokoto State. I can’t open a matter that will not be concluded. So, we have to adjourn the matter”.

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