The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], Ibrahim Magu, has signed a petition seeking the transfer of Fayose’s corruption trial away from the trial judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, of the Lagos division of the Federal High court.
EFCC stated in its petition:
“It is apparent that the prosecution has lost confidence in the judge trying this case and justice must not only be done but must be seen to have been done, I hereby transfer this case to Hon. Justice C. J. Aneke for hearing.”
The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court has, therefore, transferred the criminal trial of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, to a new Judge, Chukwujekwu Aneke, to lead proceedings.
The transfer came following a heated exchange in open court between Honorable Judge Mojisola and EFCC counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN] Rotimi Jacobs.
“Mr Jacobs, you dare not, you are not competent to look into my ruling, to evaluate my ruling, you are totally incompetent, whether you are a Senior Advocate or not,” the Judge burst out in court.
“You can only go on appeal, Mr Jacobs. Your mode of advocacy, I do not understand it, it looks like what do they call it? Jankara market."
After her furious outburst she adjourne the court and takes her leave.hat. You do not stand there with impetus and re-evaluate my ruling. I have ruled, relying on two sections of the Evidence Act, if you have an objection, you go on appeal."
Mrs Mojisola threw abusive words directly at the EFCC counsel, turning the courtroom to a charade.
“You have no competence, carrying your wig with arrogance and we have a lot of young lawyers here. What are you teaching them? You stand up to a judge, re-evaluating the ruling of a judge. It will not happen in my court. You re-examine your witness; if you are not re-examining, then close your case.”
After her furious outburst, she adjourned the court and took her leave.