Why court shouldn’t grant bail to suspended accountant-general – EFCC » NewsMixed


The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), on Wednesday, opposed the bail purposes filed by the suspended Accountant-Normal of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, and his co-defendants charged with N109 billion fraud.

EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), objecting to the bail purposes on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Excessive Court in Maitama, Abuja, equated the alleged offences of the defendants to crimes in opposition to humanity.

However Mr Idris’ lawyer, Chris Uche, one other SAN, together with different defence legal professionals, urged the court to disregard EFCC’s objection and grant bail to their shoppers.

The choose, O.A Adeyemi-Ajayi, fastened 28 July for ruling on the bail purposes.

EFCC had final Friday, arraigned Mr Idris alongside three others – Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Trade Restricted – over alleged N109 billion fraud.

All of the 4 defendants pleaded not responsible to the 14 fees filed by the EFCC.

Mr Idris’ lawyer, Mr Uche, made futile efforts to safe the defendants’ bail by an oral utility he made to the court shortly after the defendants took their pleas.

The oral utility was opposed by the prosecuting lawyer, Mr Jacobs, who insisted that the appliance have to be in written type for the court to hear it.

The choose, agreeing with the prosecuting counsel, held that the court wouldn’t entertain an oral bail utility.

The court then ordered the remand of the defendants, and directed the events to file their place on the bail. It fastened the listening to of the bail purposes for in the present day (Wednesday).

Bail listening to

At Wednesday’s proceedings, Mr Uche urged the court to admit Mr Idris to bail pending the willpower of the swimsuit.

Arguing that the fees should not “capital offences and are bailable”, Mr Uche prayed the court to disregard EFCC’s opposition to the bail utility.

The defence lawyer denied the prosecution’s claims that Mr Idris flouted the situations of the executive bail granted by the EFCC.

“The prosecution, which investigated and noticed the seriousness of the case, nonetheless deemed it match to launch the defendants on bail. The cost didn’t develop weight in a single day,” Mr Uche argued.

He famous that Mr Idris “made himself obtainable by shortly returning to Abuja from Kano instantly he was invited for this trial,” including, “we’re subsequently urging my Lord to grant the defendant bail on very liberal phrases.”

Equally, Mr Idris’ co-defendants – Messrs Akindele and Usman – begged the choose to grant them bail.

However the prosecuting lawyer, Mr Jacobs, opposed the defendants’ bail requests.

He drew the choose’s consideration to the “nature and gravity” of the fees, urging her to refuse the bail purposes.


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Mr Jacobs argued that misappropriating public funds is a critical crime – equating the alleged offence to “crimes in opposition to humanity.”

After listening to legal professionals’ arguments, the choose adjourned the swimsuit till Thursday for ruling.

Backstory

This newspaper reported in Could how Mr Idris was arrested in Kano, following his refusal to honour EFCC’s invitation regarding alleged fraud.

Subsequently, the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, knowledgeable Mr Idris of his suspension, in a letter dated Could 18.

His suspension is with out pay, Mrs Ahmed’s letter acknowledged.

The suspension, Mrs Ahmed mentioned, was consistent with Public Service Guidelines to give room for a correct and unhindered investigation.

This newspaper additionally reported in June how the anti-graft company confiscated multi-billion naira belongings linked to Mr Idris’ suspected to be proceeds of crime.


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