A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Maitama, on Friday, remanded the previous Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, in jail care, following his supposed complicity in the unlawful redirection of public assets to the tune of about N109.4 billion.
Preliminary Justice A.O. Adeyemi Ajayi remanded the ex-AGF, after he was summoned on a 14-count charge that verged on connivance, criminal break of trust and tax evasion.
The court held that Idris and different Defendants regarding this situation ought to stay in authority of the Nigerian Correctional Service till Wednesday when their bail applications will be heard.
Different Defendants with regards to this issue are: Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.
In the mean time, every one of the Defendants had after they argued not liable to the charge, independently asked the court to deliver them on bail, forthcoming the assurance of the body of evidence against them.
Chris Uche, SAN, who showed up for the ex-AGF, guaranteed the court that his client would be accessible to confront the charge against him.
Uche, SAN, focused on that the EFCC had before allowed managerial bail to the Defendant who he expressed flew into Abuja from Kano state quickly he was advised about the arraignment.
“In a question of this nature that the Defendants have been on bail, and since there is no protest that they disregarded the regulatory bail conditions, I ask that they be permitted to keep on getting a charge out of same”, Uche submitted.
In addition, he drew the consideration of the court to the way that the EFCC prior held onto the global identification of his client.
“This court has the ability to concede bail in an issue of this nature, either by oral application or by a proper application.
“Besides, we have likewise documented a conventional bail application which we additionally served same on the Prosecution.
“The jails are now immersed and dangerous”, Uche added.
Similarly, direction to the second and third Defendants encouraged the court to agree to the solicitation for bail.
Nonetheless, the Prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, let the court know that he would require time to answer the Defendants’ bail applications.
That’s what rotimi contended permitting the Defendants to return home after their arraignment, without hearing and assurance of their proper bail applications, would convey an off-base message to the general public.
“To request that they return home without coming to contend the application for bail will convey an off-base message to the general public that assuming a less significant resident is charged, such individual would be made to endure.
“Having recorded the application, we want to respond to what they expressed, particularly on the issue that they were conceded authoritative bail and they consented to it”.
The Prosecution counsel additionally contended that the authoritative bail that was allowed to the Defendants, finished promptly the charge was recorded against them.
“I, consequently, ask my ruler not to be convinced by entries of the protection legal counselors”, Jacobs added.
In his decision, Justice Ajayi requested that the Defendants ought to be remanded at the Kuje Correctional Center.
Two of the includes in the charge against the Defendants, read: “That you, Ahmed Idris among February and December, 2021 at Abuja in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, being a community worker by ideals of your situation as the Accountant General of the Federation acknowledged from Olusegun Akindele, a delight in the total amount of N15.1 billion which total was switched over completely to the United States Dollars by the said Olusegun Akindele and which total didn’t frame part of your legitimate compensation yet as a rationale in speeding up the installment of 13% determination to the nine oil-creating satisfies in the Federation, through the workplace of the Accountant General of the Federation, and you in this manner committed an offense as opposed to Section 155 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and culpable under a similar segment”.
“That you, Ahmed Idris while being the Accountant General of the Federation and Godfrey Olusegun Akindele while being the Technical Assistant to the Accountant General of the Federation among February and November, 2021, at Abuja in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, in such limit, endowed with specific property, indeed: N84.390 billion carried out criminal break of confidence in regard of the said property, when you unscrupulously got the expressed aggregate from the Federal Government of Nigeria through Godfrey Olusegun Akindele exchanging under the name and style of Olusegun Akindele and Co., and you in this way perpetrated an offense culpable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990”.