A Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State has fixed January 24, 2019 for ruling on a charge of alleged money laundering filed before it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sani Danladi, former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Joel Ikenya and a lawmaker in Taraba State House of Assembly, Mark Useni. The presiding judge, Justice Stephen Pam who observed the absence of the prosecuting counsel at the sitting without any official communication however gave approval for continuous proceedings. Third defendant, Sani Danladi who had been absent in previous sittings was again not present, while the first and second defendants, Joel Ikenya and Mark Useni respectively attended sitting. LEADERSHIP recalls that the court in the last sitting granted a substituted service of the summons earlier requested and granted to the prosecuting counsel for the third defendant to appear before the court. Presenting his argument, counsel to Joel Ikenya, Festus Idepefo requested the court to discharge his client of all charges, which he said has been held to ransom due to the inability of the EFCC to present the third defendant.
Counsels to the first and second defendant who both opined that the prosecuting counsel had developed cold feet on the matter prayed the court to stop adjourning the case and discharge the defendants of all charges.