Court revokes bail granted co-defendant of ex-AGF Ahmed Idris

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AN FCT High Court has revoked the bail earlier granted to Mohammed Usman, the co-defendant of the former Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris.

Justice Adeyemi Ajayi today revoked Usman’s bail following his failure to arrive at the courtroom on time.

Usman was absent when the judge entered the courtroom around 9:20am, though his lawyer, Ibrahim Ishaku, notified the court that he was held up in a gridlock.

xvDissatisfied with the excuse, Justice Ajayi revoked the defendant’s bail and ordered hís remand at the Kuje prison.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had preferred a 14-count money laundering charge against the defendants.

EFCC alleged that Usman who was the director of the federation account, and Godfrey Akindele, in connivance with Idris, diverted public funds to the tune of about N109.4bn, using the account of a company, Gezawa Commodity Market & Exchange Limited, which is the third defendant in the matter.

The court granted Idris bail on July 28 in the sum of N5bn with two sureties.

The court equally granted the second and third defendants bail in the sum of N2bn each with two sureties.

As part of the conditions, the defendants were barred from travelling out of Abuja. They were ordered to surrender their international passports and agreed not to procure alternate passports pending the determination of the case.

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