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Ogun Govt Abused Judicial Process, Daniel Tells Court

On Friday, trial of former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, began as the former governor told 
the court that the state government abused the judicial process in the on going trial.

The hearing came up at the Abeokuta before Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje of the Ogun State High Court, 
Abeokuta where the lawyer to the accused, Mr. Tayo Oyetibo accused the Ogun State government of abuse of 
judicial process in the on going trial.

Daniel was dragged before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his alleged
 involvement in criminal diversion of funds belonging to the state Government and conversion of land 
belonging to the state to private use.

In his argument before Justice Mabekoje, Oyetibo said findings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on 
Land as well as tribunal recommendations are judicial findings, saying that excessive publicity by the 
state government on the matter before the court was abuse of court process.

He added that the abuse of court process will put the court at a great substantial risk and public 
condemnation if the accused is discharged and acquitted in section 1 to 13.

He therefore, argued that the state government did not wait for the court of law indicting the accused
 which would send a message to the court, noting the steam of justice must be kept 
clean and pure.

However, the EFCC lead Counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacob, said that the allegations were basically against the 
state government not EFCC, saying that the judicial inquiry was not the same as the court of law.
Jacobs further argued that tribunal outcome was mere allegation that cannot be elevated to judgement and 
also mere allegation that can not condemn the accused.                      

He said he wanted the judge to dismiss the accusation because the case is a criminal proceedings.                          

However, Mabekoje in his ruling adjourned the case to 8th, January, 2013.
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