The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has asked an Oyo State High Court to order the forfeiture of property belonging to a former Head of Service of the state, Alhaja Kudirat Adeleke and 11 others.
The defendants, Adeleke and the 11 others who are facing a 213-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence, fraud and forgery were dragged before the court for allegedly defrauding the Oyo State Local Government Staff Pension Board of N5.6 billion.
Names of other accused persons in the suit are Muili Aderemi, Iyabo Giwa, Adesina Ayoade, Oguntayo Banji, Adebiyi Musediq, Muili Adedamola, Adeduntan Johnson, Bosede Johnson, Kareem Rasheed, Olujimi Adebayo and Adewale Kehinde.
The case was, however stalled at the resumed hearing, on Wednesday as counsels to the defendants said they were not served with the counter affidavit by the EFCC.
Mr Richard Ogunwole (SAN), counsel to Adeleke, Mr Ayoade Okunade, the counsel to Aderemi and other counsels for the defendants, informed the court that they had not been served by the EFCC.
In his reaction, Mr Kayode Oni, the EFCC’s counsel, told the court that he just took over the case from the former counsel handling the matter.
Oni countered that based on the briefing he had, all the defendants’ counsels had been served with the counter affidavit.
He, however, prayed for an adjournment so as to serve the defendants since they were insisting that they were not served.
Justice Muktar Abimbola adjourned the case till November 4 for hearing.