The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has again arraigned a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
Mr Fani-Kayode is a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
He was re-arraigned alongside Nenadi Usman, a former Minister of State for Finance on a 17-count charge of money laundering and alleged diversion of N4.6 billion.
Also included are one Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd.
The defendants pleaded not guilty before a new judge, Justice Rilwan Aikawa.
Mr Aikawa took over trial after Mr Fani-Kayode applied that Muslim Hassan should excuse himself from the trial on the grounds that he was the EFCC officer who signed a criminal charge filed against him.
Mr Hassan worked as an EFCC legal officer before his elevation to the bench.