The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to issue an arrest warrant for a former governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja to answer questions on alleged laundering of N4.7 billion. The application was filed on Friday by the anti-graft agency’s counsel, Oluwafemi Olabisi, after Ladoja failed to appear for his re-arraignment. Olabisi told the court that Ladoja, together with his former aide, Waheed Akanbi, were invited to the EFCC, but that the duo did not honour the agency’s invitation and also deliberately shunned court.
Ladoja’s lawyer, Bolaji Onilenla, however, said he was the one who asked Ladoja to stay away from court on Friday. He pleaded with the Justice, Mohammed Idris, to ignore the EFCC’s request saying his client had not been informed of the reopening of the case. He also said the appeal against the charges at the Supreme Court was still pending.
Ladoja, who contended that he was not heard at all before the appeal against his charges was dismissed by the Supreme Court, had on October 27, 2016 filed an application seeking to re-list the appeal at the apex court.