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Alleged N6.9bn money laundering: ‘Sick’ Fayose gets court’s permission to travel abroad

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JUSTICE Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Lagos on Tuesday, granted former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose permission to travel abroad for treatment.

Fayose got the court’s authorisation after being re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of laundering N6.9billion.

He told the court he was sick and needed to get medical attention abroad.  The court eventually considered his application and ordered the immediate release of his international passport.

The Lagos FHC had on Friday adjourned his re-arraignment for today – July 2.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain and the ex-two-term governor was earlier prosecuted by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun before the case got re-assigned to Justice Aneke following a reported loss of confidence on Olatoregun as claimed by the anti-graft agency.

In June, the EFCC, in a petition to the former Chief Justice of the FHC, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati had called for a change of Olatoregun.

Fayose was arrested six days after he completed his second tenure as the Ekiti State governor, over the allegation N2.2billion fraud.

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The prosecutor, EFCC opened a trial against the governor on November 19, 2018, alongside his firm, Spotless Limited on 11-count charge bothering on theft, criminal breach of trust and money laundering.

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