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Monday, March 23, 2020

Alleged fraud: Court grants Oyo-Ita, two others bail over Coronavirus fears


Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Monday, arraigned the former Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, and two others before a Federal High Court, Abuja.

The two others are one Garba Umar and Ubong Effiok.

They were arraigned alongside six companies before Justice Taiwo Taiwo over 18-counts of fraud, failure to fully disclose assets and money laundering.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges.


Justice Taiwo granted them bail following an oral application moved by their counsel.

He granted Oyo-Ita N100m bail and two sureties in like sum.

The other defendants were granted N50m bail and two sureties in like sum.

Justice Taiwo said he granted bail to the defendants because of the Coronavirus pandemic and their presumption of innocence.

“The Coronavirus pandemic is something that must be on the minds of all of us. Social distancing is being preached, I shall, therefore, grant bail to the defendants not only based on coronavirus but also on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act,” he said.


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