THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT FREED LADOJA RASHIDI
Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo state was discharged and acquitted today by a Federal High Court in Lagos, over a N4.7 billion fraud charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
by Justice Mohammed Idris in his judgement said the evidence brought to the court by the EFCC was “too low on credible evidence.”
He therefore discharged and acquitted the former governor of Oyo state and Waheed Akanbi, who was Oyo State Commissioner for Finance during his administration.
He further accused the EFCC of shielding the main culprits from prosecution and meting absolute injustice on Ladoja and Waheed Akanbi, the Commissioner for Finance during Ladoja’s tenure who was the second defendant in the case.
He warned that the country cannot sustain a war against corruption if it’s not founded on fairness, equity, compassion and responsibility.
Ladoja was Oyo governor between 2003 and 2007 (he was impeached in January 2016 but reinstated in December 2016) and made an unsuccessful attempt to return to the Government House in 2011.