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N109b Fraud: EFFC Gives Reason Why Court Must Not Grant Suspended AGF Bail

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday has cited a Supreme Court verdict that equates corruption in public office to genocide whilst urging the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja to refuse granting bail to the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris and others.

Recall, suspended AGF Ahmed Idris and others at the Kuje Correctional Service had pleaded with the court sitting in Abuja to grant them bail pending the determination of their trial.

This comes after the AGF’s lawyer, Chief Chris Uche SAN, on Wednesday sought an order of the court granting bail to the first defendant (Idris) applicant pending his trial.

“Upon receipt of the counter affidavit of the complainant respondent, we filed a further affidavit denying the contentions in the counter affidavit.

We did not file any reply on point of law since bail is settled in the constitution,” he said.

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He urged the court not to look at the objections raised by the EFCC because its allegations were yet to be tried and the charges are bailable and are not capital offences.

The EFCC had on July 22 arraigned Idris, Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited before the court, on 14 count charges bordering on gratification, stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109,485,572,691.

They had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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