Suspended AGF Idris gets bail…With instruction not to leave Abuja till end of trial or have bail revoked



The suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, standing trial for a cocktail of allegations bordering on sleaze to the tune of N109.4 billion, has been granted bail, with a caveat not to leave Abuja till the end of his trial or have the bail revoked.


Along with his co-defendants, Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman and Gazewa Commodity Market and Exchange Ltd, they were being prosecuted on a 14-count charge of stealing and criminal breach of trust amounting precisely to N109,485,572,691.9

An Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama, granting them, said it was following the due process and supremacy of the law, based on the fact that they are still entitled to bail, irrespective of the gravity of the allegations levied against them.

The judge, Justice Adeyemi Ajayi, said, “EFCC did not, in any of its processes, state that the defendants misbehaved while on administrative bail, so I am impressed to tow that line.”

He, however, warned the defendants not to leave the Federal Capital Territory without permission of the court, at least, till the end of the trial, noting he would not hesitate to revoke their bail should any of them runs foul of the order.

The judge also instructed them to sign an undertaking with EFCC that they will, at all times, abide by the bail conditions, reminding them that absence on any of their court dates will not be taken lightly.

He further instructed that they must not procure alternate passports till the end of their trial, having deposited their original passports with EFCC.

Recall that Idris was, May 16,2022, picked up by the EFCC on a cocktail of charges bordering on fraud, money laundering and criminal breach of trust initially put at N80bn, days after which the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr (Mrs.) Zainab Ahmed, announced his indefinite suspension to give room for thorough probe.

In the course of the thorough probe, EFCC discovered more financial losses through him, apart from the earlier N80bn, warranting his and co-defendants’ arraignment./SHARE THIS


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