Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday threatened to order the arrest of former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and remand him, for absenting himself in the court without notice in the trial of former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Obanikoro is testifying for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the trial of, but his absence stalled the continuation of his cross-examination.
EFCC lawyer Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) said Obanikoro took ill and was admitted.
“I called him yesterday (Wednesday) to notify him about today’s (yesterday’s) proceedings. He said he thought he would be discharged on Wednesday (when the court did not sit).
“This morning (yesterday), I couldn’t reach him on phone. But his Special Assistant informed me that Obanikoro was receiving treatment in the hospital,” he said.
When the judge asked for a medical report, Jacobs submitted one given to him by Obanikoro’s aide.
But the judge appeared unconvinced by the report.
She said Obanikoro had a civic obligation to be in court to continue with his testimony.
“If I want to pursue it, the medical doctor may lose his license for issuing this report. But I will accept this because you (Jacobs) are a responsible member of the inner bar.
“If he fails to appear, he’ll be sent to jail and they’ll be bringing him from there with Black Maria,” Justice Olatoregun said.
The judge adjourned till February 18, 19 and 20 for ruling and continuation of trial.