Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded an associate of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, in Kuje Prison, Abuja,till Thursday when it will rule on his application for bail, Punch reports.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba made the order of remand after Agbele was arraigned on 11 counts of money laundering involving the sum of N1 219 000,000 said to be part of N4 685 723 000 allegedly transferred unlawfully from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser.
Arraigned along with Agbele were three companies, Sylvan Mcnamara Limited, De Privateer Limited and Spotless Investment Limited.
Agbele pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The prosecution, alleged that others involved in the alleged crimes, including former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, were on the run.
Other suspects said to be at large were Lt. A. O Adewale and Olalekan Ogunseye, who was said to be the sole signatory to the account of Sylvan Mcnamara Limited.
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, ordered the release of Abiodun Agbele, who has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission since June 27 according to News24.
Agbele was arrested by the EFCC in Lagos on June 27 and has since been detained for his roles in the handling of over N1.2bn on behalf of Fayose during the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.
Justice Olukayode Adeniyi in a ruling on the suspect’s bail application, declared the continued detention of the suspect since then without being charged to court and without the backing of any competent remand order amounted to a “gross violation” of his right.
- News 24