The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Thursday July 5, 2012, arraigned eight illegal dealers in petroleum products before Justice E. S. Chukwu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The accused persons are Garba Ismaila, Saidu Tanimu, Suleiman Abdullahi, Aliyu Abubakar, Ibrahim Sani, Yahaya Musa, Jacob Etim Nsoh and Felix Sunday Edubio. They all pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
Counsel to EFCC, Mrs. Blessing Akinsola, raised no objection to the bail application filed by the defence counsel, Anthony Ante.
The court granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N1m and one surety each in like sum. Each surety must own landed property within the jurisdiction of the court, and must show evidence of tax payment between 2010 and 2011. The surety must also swear to an affidavit of means and must submit a national identification and two passport photographs to the court.
Justice Chukwu adjourned the case to September 18, 2012, for continuation of trial.
Also the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has arraigned one Henry Esowane before Justice G.C. Anulude of the Anambra State High Court, Onitsha on an 8-count charge for fraudulently presenting himself as capable of offering admission to prospective candidates into the Enugu State University of Technology.
The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge. Counsel to the EFCC, Moses Arumeni asked the court to fix a date for trial and that the accused be remanded in prison custody. The defence counsel E.O.Isiu objected. He told the court to admit his client to bail, assuring that he will make himself available for trial. He claimed that the accused was not healthy to be remanded and that the offence committed is a bailable one.
However, Arumeni opposed the oral application for bail. He said he was served the bail application on the day of arraignment and needed time to respond.
Justice Anulude, after listening to the arguments of counsel on both sides, adjourned proceedings to July 17 for hearing of the bail application, and remanded the accused in prison custody.