The absence of Jus­tice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos on Mon­day caused the postpone­ment of the trial of former Oyo State Governor, Rashidi Ladoja, for alleged fraud of N4.7 billion.
Justice Idris was said to be attending a one-day training organised for judges of the Federal High Court by the Asset Management Corpora­tion of Nigeria (AMCON).
Consequently, Ladoja’s trial was adjourned till March 31, 2017.
At the last hearing of the case, Justice Idris heard that as a result of the fact that he does not wish to be impeached as at the time he held sway as the governor, Ladoja bought 22 cars for members of the Oyo State House of Assembly.
In his submission before the judge, a prosecution wit­ness and former Senior Spe­cial Executive Assistant to the former governor, Mr Ad­ewale Atanda, said that of the 22 cars that were bought by Ladoja, only 14 were given to lawmakers who aborted his impeachment.
Atanda explained to Jus­tice Idris that the House of Assembly had 32 lawmak­ers, and that for the former governor to stop moves to get him out of office, he had need of 22 votes, adding that this prompted Ladoja to buy the cars.