Lagos - The Federal Capital Territory High Court is next week expected to rule on the bail application of Yau Mohammed Gital, a former Chief of Staff to the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Bala Mohammed, and alleged accomplices facing corruption charges.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking Gital’s prosecution and that of Shuaibu Yakubu, his former Special Assistant and Jibril Tahir, the Managing Director, Jibmir Ventures Nigeria Limited, on a ten-count charge of obtaining by false pretence, conspiracy and forgery to the tune of N192 million.
At the resumption of the case in Abuja, the defence urged the court to admit the accused to bail pending trial.
It prayed the court to grant the accused persons bail on liberal terms, assuring the court of their readiness to stand trial.
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However, counsel to the EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir countered the application saying their objection was based upon the charges placed on the accused persons, which carried a minimum of seven years imprisonment.
He said Gital was standing trial on similar case.
Tahir urged the court to refuse the application adding that the accused if admitted to bail may frustrate speedy determination of the case.
Justice Abubakar Talba, after listening to the arguments of counsel, adjourned to Tuesday for ruling on the bail application.
Gital allegedly conspired with co-accused to obtain money from various unsuspecting persons under the false pretence that the money was for processing and facilitation of land allocation by the Federal Capital Development Authority.
They are pleading not guilty.
- CAJ News