Alleged Fraud: Court admits Oyo-Ita to N100m bail, releases her to counsel

A Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday admitted Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, former Head of Service to bail within the sum N100 million and two sureties in like sum.

Two different defendants, Garba Umar and Ubong Effiok have been additionally granted bail within the sum of N50 million every and two sureties in like sum.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo admitted them to bail and launched them to their counsels citing the Coronavirus pandemic as the explanation for releasing them to their counsel.

The decide stated that in view of the pandemic, he couldn’t endanger the lives of the defendants by remanding them in EFCC custody.

He, nevertheless, warned that the defendants should report back to the EFCC workplace on a regular basis between 10 AM and 12 Noon for seven days pending once they would good their bail situations.

According to the decide, if the bail situations aren’t perfected after seven days, they are going to be remanded in EFCC custody.

Other situations of the bail embody that one of many sureties have to be a civil servant on Grade Level 17 in and Federal Government ministry, parastatal or company.

“The Surety have to be resident in Abuja and personal property price N100 million.

“The other surety where not a civil servant must be gainfully employed and depose to an affidavit of means.”

For Umar and Effiok, considered one of their surety have to be resident in Abuja and personal property price N50 million.

The defendants are all anticipated to deposit their worldwide passports with the registrar of the courtroom.

Oyo-Ita and eight others have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on an 18-count cost bordering on cash laundering and breach of public belief.

She was arraigned alongside Frontline Ace Global Services Limited; Asanaya Projects Limited; Garba Umar; Slopes International Limited; Gooddeal Investments Limited; Ubong Effiok; U & U Global Services Limited and Prince Mega Logistics Limited.

They all pleaded not responsible to the costs whereas a “not guilty” plea was entered for the businesses.

They have been arraigned for fraud in relation to Duty Tour Allowances, (DTA), Estacodes, convention charges fraud and receiving kickbacks on contracts.

The EFCC significantly accused the previous head of service of colluding with Effiok and one Titus Tomsin to make bogus claims of fictitious DTA, estacodes and convention charges which have been paid by the federal government to their accounts.

Mr Paul Erokoro (SAN), counsel to Oyo-Ita knowledgeable the courtroom that he had filed an utility for bail and pleaded with the courtroom to listen to the applying although he had solely simply served the prosecution.

“In view of the situation in the world today where there is a clear and present danger of a threat to life under congested conditions, I wish to plead that we take the application today or that I will be allowed to make an oral application for bail,” Erokoro pleaded.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr Mohammed Abubakar confirmed that he had been served with the purposes for bail.

Abubakar stated that although he appreciated the truth that the nation was going by means of a making an attempt interval, measures akin to social distancing had been put in place to test it.

He, nevertheless, acknowledged that bail was on the discretion of the courtroom however urged that ought to the courtroom be conscious to grant bail, it ought to impose stringent measures.

Earlier, the decide introduced that in view of the Coronavirus pandemic, the courtroom would entertain solely circumstances coping with purposes for bail and breach of elementary rights the place the defendants have been incarcerated.

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