The Federal High Court, Lagos, has granted former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, medical leave.
Fayose is currently facing an alleged N2.2billion fraud trial alongside Spotless Investment Ltd.
The application for the foreign medical trip was made by Ola Olanipekun (SAN), Fayose’s lawyer, and granted by Justice of the high court, Justice C.J. Aneke.
The prosecuting counsel, which is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), represented by its lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), did not refute the application.
The EFCC alleged that Fayose on June 17, 2014, “took possession of the sum of N1, 219,000,000 to fund your 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Ekiti State, which you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing.”
The former governor was also alleged to have on the same day “received a cash payment of $5,000,000 from Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 1 and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.”
The EFCC also alleged that Fayose purchased a property at No.44, Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja for N200m in the name of his elder sister, Mrs Moji Oladeji. All to which, Fayose pleaded not guilty.
The case has been adjourned till January 22, 2021.