sitting in Ikeja to grant him leave to travel abroad for medical attention.
Dr Akingbola made this request in an application filed by his counsel, Mr Mike Igbokwe (SAN) and dated March 19, 2013. The former bank boss is standing trial alongside his aide, Bayo Dada, who is the General Manager of Tropics Finance Ltd. for allegedly stealing N47.1 billion belonging to Intercontinental bank.
he application was filed by Igbokwe for Akingbola and it sought the court’s permission for Akingbola to keep a medical appointment fixed for April 15, 2013 at Harley Street Hospital in London, United Kingdom. Justice Onigbanjo adjourned the matter to April 10, 2013.
Giving his ruling, Justice Onigbanjo held that Mr. Akingbola failed to prove that his medical condition could not be handled by specialist hospitals within Nigeria. Besides, the judge observed, the right of choice of who treats a patient who is on trial may undermine the judicial process when a defendant is allowed to fly abroad whereas his condition could be adequately catered for within same country. Given the availability of specialist hospitals within Nigeria capable of taking care of the purported health condition of Mr. Akingbola, he said, the rogue banker’s right of doctor should be exercised within the country.
I felt Erastus was a good man.