Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, the judge presiding over the N2.2billion fraud trial of former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday, threatened to jail Musiliu Obanikoro if he fails to appear before the court.
Punch reports that the threat was given following the absence of the Onikoro, who is standing as one of the case’s witnesses to the corruption trial of the former Ekiti governor.
Rotimi Jacobs, the prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, had told the judge that Obanikoro, who earlier testified against Fayose, had been hospitalised.
Jacobs presented to the court a medical report from an Ikoyi hospital, stating that Obanikoro was unwell.
But Justice Olatoregun said it had better been genuine or the hospital and the doctor that issued the report risk losing their licences, if the court verified the report and it was not genuine.
While adjourning the case till March 18, Justice Olatoregun said Obanikoro must unfailingly come to court, or risked being committed to prison for three months, “so that he can be coming to court in Black Maria.”
“He must present himself before the court on the next adjourned date or be compelled to do so,” Justice Olatoregun stressed.
Obanikoro is testifying against Fayose, who was his ally in the Peoples Democratic Party before he (Obanikoro) decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress.