Alleged N1.35bn Fraud: Ex-Gov. Lamido’s Trial Adjourned Again Following Counsel’s Absence From Court

LamidoThe trial of a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, was further adjourned on Monday following the absence of his counsel, Joe Agbi, from court.
Mr. Lamido and four others, including two of his sons, Aminu and Mustapha Lamido, are facing trial on allegations of fraud and abuse of office while he was governor of Jigawa between 2007 and 2015.
They were accused of alleged money laundering to the tune of N1.35 billion.
In a letter he wrote to the court, Mr. Agbi requested an adjournment because of an urgent commitment he had at the Supreme Court.
The trial judge, Adeniyi Ademola, however expressed dissatisfaction over the defence counsel’s absence, stating that another lawyer should have represented the accused persons in court.
“We cannot allow this, there is no one here. Not even one person”, Justice Ademola fumed.
He subsequently adjourned the case to May 31.
The previous sitting on the matter in April was stalled when one of the defendants, Aminu Lamido, suddenly took ill and had to be rushed to the hospital.

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