Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, got more than he bargained for yesterday: he was remanded in prison over alleged money laundering. Ikuforiji, whose trial has been dragging in court since March 2012, had apparently expected to be granted bail on self-recognition, a privilege he had enjoyed in the course of the legal battle.
But the new judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, would have none of that. Rather than grant bail to Ikuforiji on self-recognition, he slammed a N1 billion bail on the embattled Speaker. The judge ordered Ikuforiji to meet the bail condition within 48 hours or be held in prison pending the determination of the corruption case against him.