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Published On: Tue, Oct 10th, 2017

Alleged N1.5bn fraud: Court defers bail for Edo APC women leader, others

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

The criminal Division of Benin High court yesterday deferred the bail applications filed by counsel to the accused person, Edo state women leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Aisosa Amadasun and others to 13 October, 2017.
The accused persons are Dr. Aisosa Amadasun and others .Adama Osabuohien, Adam Osabuohien, Prince Stephen Alao, Dove Momodu and Mallam Ali Sulayman were remanded last week Friday by the presiding judge, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele.
The accused persons were former board members of Edo state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in which they are standing 50 count charges against the accused persons was preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They were alleged to have used their offices to award contracts to their cronies after collecting money from them, an Act punishable under section 98b (1) (a) (II) of the Criminal Code, CAP. 48, the Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria, as applicable to Edo State.
At the resumed hearing on Monday, the presiding judge, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, adjourned their bail applications to 13 October, 2017, having listened to the submissions made by the defense counsel to the third and fourth accused persons, Barr. Ohio Candy and Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Barr. Harrison Ibekwute.
The defense Counsel to the Third and Fourth accused persons, Barr. Ohio Candy, informed the court that his clients were charged on matters bordering on criminal offenses and not capital therefore, the court should use its discretion to grant the accused persons bail.
He said the points raised by counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was not relevant to the matter on ground as those points centred on murder cases.
Ohio also prayed the court to grant the fourth accused person, Mallam Ali Sulayman bail on self recognition.
According to him, “the man in question is a Mallam. You know who is a Mallam”, he said.
But, the Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Barr. Harrison Ibekwute, opposed to the bail application based on personal recognition, clarifying that that the word Mallam, means a man and that the law should take its course.
“The word Mallam, means a man. It has nothing to do with this case. I however opposed to his bail based on personal recognition”, he said.
In the meantime, High court room had an overflow of supporters and relatives of the accused persons who were still in prison custody when the case was heard yesterday, while a significant number of leaders of the state women wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC), showed solidarity.

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