Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele of an Edo High Court Criminal Division on Monday reserved ruling on the bail application filed by the State woman leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Aisosa Amadasun, immediate past chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Stephen Alao and three other former board members.

The former SUBEB officials were being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N1.5 billion contract scam.

They were last week arraigned on a 50-count charge bothering on corruptly enriched themselves with various sum of money from the bulk sale of their own share of SUBEB contracts, an offense punishable under section26 (1) and other relevant sections of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Act of 2000.

At the hearing of the bail application yesterday, counsel to the accused persons including Igbafen Momodu Ohio, Ivie Fidelis Elema and Charity Aiguobarueghian in their separate submissions averred that the offences in which the accused are being tried are not capital punishment.

They urged the court to grant the persons bail on self-recognition since the prosecuting counsel did not file counter-affidavit to oppose the bail.

Counsel to the EFCC, Harrison Ibekwute, said there were substantive evidence before the court and that filing of counter-affidavit was unnecessary.

Justice Ovbiagele however adjourned ruling to October 13, 2017.



09 October, 2017


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