Court re-arraigns five, for alleged N466m bank fraud

The EFCC Kaduna zonal office on Tuesday re-arraigned Bashir Abdullahi Mohammed,Oche Ogenyi, Adefila Taofile Kayode,Rabiu Aliko Lawal and Mmadu Mathew over alleged conspiracy and N466m fraud.

The suspects were brought before Justice Z.B Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said this through a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja

But the defendants pleaded not guilty to the amended charge prompting EFCC counsel, J.Saidi to request the court to fix a date for commencement of trial.

It would be recalled that the defendants were arraigned on the same offence before Justice P.Mallong of the Federal High Court 2. The matter was transferred to Justice Z.B Abubakar of the Federal High Court 1, at the instance of the defendants.

Also, Counsel to the first defendant A. Ashat pleaded with the court to continue with the earlier bail granted to his client while Valentine Ajibu counsel to Oche Ogenyi, Adefila Taofile Kayode and Mmadu prayed the court to grant bail to his client saying the defendants were not able to meet the earlier bail granted to them because of the conditions attached.

In his ruling, Justice Abubakar granted bail to the 2nd, 3rd and 5th defendants in the sum of ten million with two sureties in like sum.

He also ordered that the sureties must be public servants not below grade level 12, and must have landed property within Kaduna metropolis with Certificate of Occupancy, to be verified by the court.

But the case has been adjourned to February 3, for hearing. Dailypost

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