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Court adjourns ex- AGF bail ruling

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, has adjourned until tomorrow, to rule on an application seeking the release of former Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, on bail.

Idris is facing trial over his alleged complicity in the illegal diversion of public funds, to the tune of about N109.4 billion.

He is answering to a 14-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and three others.

The Defendants, who had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge against them, through their respective lawyers, begged the court to release them on bail pending the determination of the case against them.

When the matter came up, Counsel to the defendant, Chief Chris Uche, assured the court that his client would be available to face the charge against him.

The Prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, urged the court to consider the nature and gravity of the charge, as well as the severity of the punishment upon their conviction.

Mr. Jacobs argued that contrary to the position of the Defendants, the charge of criminal breach of trust against the them would attract 14 years in prison.

After listening to all the parties, Justice Adeyemi Ajayi adjourned untill tomorrow to rule on the bail application.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu, Editing by Omotola Oguneye