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Court halts EFCC bid, grants bail to Dasuki co-accused

24 November 2016, 18:00

Abuja - The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected efforts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to deny bail to alleged accomplices of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki.

The main defendants are Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, a former Aide in the Office of National Security Adviser, an Austrian and Security Consultant, Wolfgang Reinl, a retired military intelligent officer Sagir Mohammed and a legal practitioner, Edidiong Idiong.

They are in court on a 13-count charge of corruption and money laundering to the tune of N1,5 billion.

The EFCC lawyer, Ofem Uket, had appealed to Justice Gabriel Kolawole against admitting the defendants on bails arguing they would escape.

However, Kolawole said the claim was speculative and lacked evidence.

Also read: EFCC arraigns Dasuki’s aide, Ashinze, others for N36.8bn fraud

Kolawole adopted administrative bail and admitted all the defendants bail with the conditions.

The judge added the case would be granted accelerated hearing and urged the prosecution to pick five days in the new year for trial.

The case was adjourned to be heard between January and March.

– CAJ News

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