Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court, Lagos has adjourned further trial of a lawyer, Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, over alleged money laundering of $2 million USD till December 7, 2020.
Uyiekpen, who is a lawyer to the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside his brother, Erhunse for same offence of money laundering.
The adjournment by the court Wednesday was at the instance of Erhunse.
At the resumed trial of the Giwa-Osagie, their lawyer, Oluwafemi Anjorin, told the court that a letter has been written to the court requesting for an adjournment, due to the absence of the second defendant, Erhunse, whom he said was indisposed.
Lawyer to the EFCC, Abbas Mohammed, did not oppose the defendants’ request for adjournment.
Consequently, Justice Aneke, adjourned the matter till December 7, 2020, for continuation of defendants’ trial.
Uyiepken, a senior counsel in Africa Law Practices (ALP) and his brother, Erhunse, are being tried before the court by the EFCC for allegedly laundering the sum of $2 million USD.
They were first arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo on August 14, 2019, during the court’s long vacation on three counts charge of conspiracy and money.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges.