Trial of FUTA VC, Bursar stalled as judge disqualifies self

The trial of the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof Adebiyi Daramola and the University’s Bursar, Mr Emmanuel Ayodeji Oresegun was on Monday stalled following a petition by the Join Action Committee (JAC) of the university alleging bias against the Presiding Judge, Justice Ademola Bola.

Daramola and the Bursar are facing nine-count charge brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to include obtaining money under false pretence contrary to Section 1 (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud related offences act 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the act.

The Court had at the last adjourned date on the instance of the EFCC’s counsel, Dr Ben Ubi and that of the accused Mr Adebayo Adenipekun SAN and Mr Ibunkun Fasanmi granted bail and fixed the hearing of the case for Monday

But when the case was mentioned, the attention of the trail judge was brought to the petition filed by JAC of the university comprising Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU), Non Academic Union of University (NASU) and National Association of Academics Technologists (NAAT) against the trial judge.

The petition signed on behalf of the three unions by their chairmen; Messrs Dele Durojaye, Omoraka Ejiro and Bayo Aladerotohun accused Justice Bola of trying to pervert the course of justice in the case before him. They asked him to hand off the adjudication of the case.

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