From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh (Kano), Pwanagba Agabus (Jos), Kenneth Iguisi (Benin City)
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Thursday granted bail to former Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Aminu Wali and Engr. Mansur Ahmed, who were accused of N950 million money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Supporters of Shekarau who stormed the court engaged security agencies in a fierce battle as they attempted to forcefully gain entrance into the court premises, during which dozens were injured.
The security operatives extended their counter attack by shooting canisters of tear gas into the court premises where lawyers, journalists and court officials scampered for safety.
The security men who did not stop at that went berserk, beating up everyone on-sight with the butt of their gun as well as flogging anyone who challenged their decision of shooting tear gas into the court premises.
In the submission of the counsel to the EFCC JA Ojogbane, before Justice Zainab Abubakar, opposed the bail application of the defence counsel, insisted that the affidavit submitted for bail application was against Section 155 of the Evidence Act, noting that, there was no bail application before the court.
The counsel to the accused, Ologunnorisa (SAN) who did not opposed the argument of the prosecution counsel to open trial however seek the leave of the court for bail application.
Justice Kagi stood down the proceedings for about 40 minutes before her ruling.
She granted the accused bail on six conditions and that they should be remanded at EFCC custody pending when they meet the terms.
Also in Jos, the Plateau State capital, Senator Jonah Jang and one Yusuf Pam who were granted bail on Thursday by a Jos High Court in the sum of N150 million.
Delivering the judgement, Justice Daniel Longji admitted the first and second accused persons to bail.
Senator Jang was granted bail in the sum of N100 million and to provide a surety in the person of a first class chief while Pam) was granted bail in the sum of N50 million and a to provide a surety in the person of a Permanent Secretary or its equivalent.
But at the Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State, former deputy governor, Lucky Imasuen, state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih and the party’s standard bearer for the 2015 governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu along with two aides to Chief Tony Anenih were remanded in prison custody.
They were remanded in prison custody along with Mr. Anthony Aziegbemi and Efe Erimuoghae, by the trial judge, Justice P. I Ajokwu, following their failure to meet their N10 million bail condition for each of them on Thursday.
The accused persons are standing trial in an eight-count charge in the N700 million money laundering case which the EFCC filed against them.