FUTA VC Trial Stalled As Judge Withdraws

By: Temitope Adedeji, Ondo

The trial of the embattled Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Of Technology Akure (FUTA),  Prof. Adebiyi G. Daramola was on Monday stalled  after the judge, Ademola Bola handling the case withdrew over what he called Frivolous petition against him by some labour unions in the institution.

Prof Daramola is standing trial in a case instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a nine count charge including abuse of office, conspiracy and Obtaining by false pretense alongside the institution’ s bursar, Ayodeji Oresegun.

Justice bola has however transferred the case to another judge for continuation on the 30th of this month.

Shortly after counsel had announced their appearance, Justice Ademola Bola  drew the attention of the court to what he said was a frivolous petition accused him of bias and being teleguided by a certain person on the case.

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Blowing hot, Justice Bola said the petition by FUTA Jack comprising NASU, SSANU and NAAT was the first of such against him in his 8 Years as a chief magistrate and 15 years as a judge.

He then called the three union leaders Bayo Aladerotohun, Dele Durojaye and Omoraka Ejiro to confirm they actually wrote the petition, but only Durojaye for nasu was physically present in court.

Justice Bola then gave a ten minutes stand down to see whether the Unionists will take another stand on their petition Following submissions by all the counsel in the case.

Upon resumption of sitting, com Durojaye told the court that he and his colleagues stood their ground on their petition that justice bola should hands off the case.

Justice Bola having taken note of renewed stand on the petition announced his withdrawal from the case stressing that he would never compromise anything for his hard earned integrity as a judicial officer who has transversd the length and breadth of the country.

In his reaction, counsel to EFCC, Dr Benedict Ubi expressed disappointed over the development adding the commission is  not aware of the petition as it had prepared four witnesses in readiness for the case.

Also, counsel for the VC, Mr Adebayo Adenipekun SAN regretted the action of the judge which he noted was a deliberate ploy by the unionist to sabotage the case despite not been parties to the matter.

But comrade Durojaye, the NASU Chairman disagreed saying they are interested parties having written the petition which Led to the trial by EFCC.

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