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EFCC arraigns Saraki’s aide, others for fraud

The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Gbenga Makanjuola and two others were remanded in prison custody by Justice Babs Kuewumi of a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged N3.5 billion frauds.

This was sequel to their arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on an 11-count charge bordering on the alleged offence.

Makanjuola was docked alongside Melrose General Services Limited and Obiorah Amobi.

They however pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence.

Following their arraignment, EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Emmanuel Iheanacho, asked that the defendants be remanded in prison while also seeking for a trial date.

Responding, Makanjuola’s lawyer, Mr. Paul Erokoro, SAN, drew the court’s attention to his client’s bail application.

He said the application has been served on the prosecution and sought the court’s permission to move it.

Similar request was also made by Amobi’s lawyer, Mr. Omeoga Chukwu.

The duo later got the court’s nod to move the bail applications.

Arguing Makanjuola’s bail application, Mr Erokoro said his client was a former member of the House of Representatives and as such he is prepared to face his trial.

Amobi’s lawyer, Mr. Omeoga Chukwu, also pleaded with the court to admit his client to bail on liberal terms.

However, in his response, EFCC’s lawyer, Emmanuel Iheanacho, urged the court to dismiss the applications saying the defendants constitute a flight risk.

After listening to the submissions of parties in the matter, Justice Kuewumi adjourned till 9th October for ruling on the bail applications.

Wahab Akinlade

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