Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court in Abuja has on Thursday, returned the case file of the criminal case against a former Accountant General of the Federation, Jonah Otunla, to the Chief Judge for re-assignment.
He made the order following an application by counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Sylvanus Tahir praying that the case be reassigned to another Judge since the trial is yet to commence before Dimgba who has been transferred to another Jurisdiction.
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Otunla who was absent at the resumed court session is yet to be arraigned since 2017 when the EFCC filed a five-count charge bordering on money laundering against him.
The former AGF was charged alongside Ade Adelakun, and seven other companies – Gold Reef Industries Limited, Lambster Nigeria Limited, G.C. Electronic Limited, Sinmilak Nigeria Limited, Wehsac Farms Limited, Shepherded Field Global Resources Limited and Stellavera Development Company Limited, but his absence stalled his arraignment
Mr Tahir also informed the court about the demise of the second defendant, Ade Adelakun and that he has been served with the death certificate.
The EFCC alleged that mr Otunla illegally N2billion from the account of the Office of the National Security, ONSA, domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.