A federal High Court judge in Lagos has withdrawn from the high-profile Femi Fani Kayode’s fraud case.

Justice Muslim Hassan pulled  himself from the case due to a possible conflict of interest.

Fani-Kayode had in an application filed through his lawyer, Norrison Quakers  urged the judge to disqualify himself from the trial.

The former Minister of Aviation in the application recalled hat it was Justice Hassan, then a senior counsel for the EFCC, who drafted, filed and signed a charge marked, FHC/L/523c/2008, leading to his trial for alleged N100m money laundering before Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia.

Kayode was brought before the court by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission  over an alleged N4.9bn fraud .

Also accused alongisde Fani-Kayode on 17 counts are a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, an ex-Chairman of Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mr. Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria Limited.

The judge in its ruling on Thursday ordered the return of the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for re-assignment to another judge.

He directed Fani-Kayode and his co-defendants to go and await further directive from Justice Auta.