The trial of the previous governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala and two others over alleged N11.5 billion fraud was on Thursday stalled as a result of absence of defendants witnesses.
Alao-Akala, alongside along with his former Commissioner for Native Authorities and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hosea Agboola; and a businessman, Mr Femi Babalola, are being prosecuted by the EFCC at an Oyo State Excessive Court docket in Ibadan.
The defendants are going through an 11-count cost of conspiracy, awarding contract with out budgetary provision, acquiring by false pretences, buying property with cash derived from unlawful act and concealing the possession of such property, amongst others.
The EFCC had closed it case towards the defendants whereas the defendant filed a no case submission, saying they don’t have any case to reply.
Justice Olalekan Owolabi had on July 1 dominated on the no case submission, saying the defendants has case to reply and should enter defence on conspiracy, acquiring cash by false pretence, award of contract with out budgetary provision.
On the Thursday listening to, Mr Akeem Afolabi, SAN, counsel to Alao-Akala and Babalola, knowledgeable the court docket that he has two witnesses to be subpoenaed for the defence,
Afolabi stated service is but to be effected on the subpoenaed witnesses and that the witnesses are key to his case.
The counsel gave the identify of the subpoenaed witnesses to be an official of EFCC, Mr Muhammed Goji and a Senior police officer, Usman Dahiru.
He prayed the court docket to grant him an adjournment for the court docket papers to be served on the subpoenaed witnesses.
The counsel to Agboola, Richard Ogunwole, SAN , aligned with the submission of Afolabi and urged the court docket for an adjournment.
The Counsel to EFCC, Mr Ubi Benedict, who acquired the subpoenaed order pledged to served the paperwork on the witnesses and be sure that they seem in court docket.
Owolabi adjourned the case till Oct.21 and Oct. 22 for additional listening to.