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Alleged 1.5b fraud: Court adjourns bail applications of Edo APC women leader, others

A Benin High Court sitting in Benin has adjourned the ruling of bail applications filed by counsel to the accused person, Edo State Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Aisosa Amadasun and others to October 13, 2017.

Putting up his argument, defence counsel to the third and fourth accused persons, Barr. Ohio Candy, said his clients were charged on matters bordering on criminal offenses and not capital therefore, the court should use its discretion to grant the accused persons bail.

He said the points raised by counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission were not relevant to the matter on ground as those points centered on murder cases.

Ohio also prayed the court to grant the fourth accused person, Mallam Ali Sulayman, bail on self-recognition.

On his part, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Barr. Harrison Ibekwute, however opposed to the bail application based on personal recognition, noting that the word Mallam, means a man and that the law should take its course.

“The word Mallam, means a man. It has nothing to do with this case. I however opposed to his bail based on personal recognition”, he said.

Having listened to their various arguments, the presiding judge, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, however adjourned their bail applications to October 13, 2017.

It would be recalled that Dr. Amadasun was remanded alongside four others for allegedly using their offices while serving as board members of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to award contracts to their cronies after collecting money from them, an act punishable under section 98b (1) (a) (II) of the Criminal Code, CAP. 48, the Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria, as applicable to Edo State.

The accused persons are Dr. Aisosa Amadasun and others .Adama Osabuohien, Adam Osabuohien, Prince Stephen Alao, Dove Momodu and Mallam Ali Sulayman.

They however pleaded not guilty to the 50 counts charges leveled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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