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N109.5bn Fraud: Suspended AGF, Others Return To Court

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The suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris and others that were accused of fraud have been rearraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The defendants appeared before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama on Wednesday over an alleged N109.5bn fraud

The other defendants are Godfrey Olusegun Akindele (a Technical Assistant to Idris); a director in the office of the AG-F, Mohammed Kudu Usman and a firm linked with Idris – Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.

The case, which was first before a vacation judge, Justice Adeyemi Ajayi, was transferred to Justice Yusuf Halilu on resumption.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

Following their not-guilty plea, counsel for Idris, Chris Uche (SAN), prayed the court to allow the defendants to continue to enjoy the earlier bail granted them by the court on July 28.

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He submitted that they have been complying with their bail conditions.

Counsel for other defendants aligned themselves with Uche’s application and submission.

The EFCC counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, did not object to the application.

He, however, left the decision to the court to exercise its discretion.

Ruling on the application, Justice Halilu held that bail is a constitutional right of a defendant.

He, however, directed that defendants submit their passports to the court’s registrar.

The judge added that if the documents are with the prosecution, they should pass the same to the registrar.

Justice Halilu adjourned the case until November 23 for hearing.

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