Court Dismisses Alao-Akala’s Appeal Over N11.5bn Scam
The court of appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday dismissed a suit filed by a former governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, to quash the N11.5 billion suit filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Alao-Akala, Senator Hosea Agboola and a business man, Olufemi Babalola, had appealed a December 12, 2012 ruling by Justice Akintunde Boade of the Oyo State High Court which held that they had a case to answer. The EFCC had arraigned the appellants before the court on an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy, contract awards without budgetary provisions, and obtaining by false pretence. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. Delivering judgment, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, held that the preliminary objection by Alao-Akala was premature. Dongban-Mensem held that Alao-Akala should have waited for the trial to go mid-way at the high court before appealing. She held that Alao-Akala did not provide enough evidence to warrant the court to quash the ruling of the lower court. The judge then ordered Alao-Akala to return to the high court for his trial.