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N109bn fraud: Court grants ex-AGF bail

Justice Adeyemi Ajayi of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has commenced trial of a former Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris and two others.

The trial of the Defendants started immediately after the court granted them bail based on administrative bail conditions given to them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In her ruling, Justice Ajayi ordered that the defendants shall not leave the Federal Capital Territory, except with the permission of the court.

The court threatened to revoke the bail conditions granted to the defendants if they travel out of the court’s jurisdiction without leave of the court.

The court also stated that the defendants shall sign an undertaken that they will abide by the bail conditions granted to them.

In addition, Justice Ajayi ordered that the defendants should not have and shall not procure alternate passports until the case is dispensed with, having deposited their original passports to the EFCC.

Meanwhile, the first prosecution witness called by the EFCC is currently testifying in the trial.

The other Defendants are Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Ltd.

The Defendants are being prosecuted on a 14-count charge of stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of over N109 billion.

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Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor