A Federal Capital Territory High Court, presided by Justice Abubakar Sadiq Umar Thursday, February 28, 2013 granted bail to Mustapha Audu, son of former governor of Kogi state, Prince Abubakar Audu who is standing trial alongside his wife, Zahra Audu and their company, Constructor Guild Limited over an N18 million land scam.
The couple who were arraigned on Tuesday 26 February, 2013 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC were alleged to have falsely obtained the sum of N18 million from one Nike kolawole under the pretence that they will get her a four- bedroom house at Katampe Extension, Abuja; and another property at Caemly Estate, Idu Sabo, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
However, the prosecuting counsel, Samuel Ugwuegbulam opposed the bail application. He said though the offence for which the accused was charged is bail-able, it nonetheless carries a sentence of not less seven years which could be a motivation to jump bail.
“I urge this honourable court to fix a short date for trial so that the case will be heard and justice be served in the shortest possible time. EFCC has only three witnesses to present which can all be heard the same day.” He said.
The presiding judge having heard the arguments of counsel, granted the accused bail in the sum of N5million (five million naira) with two sureties in like sum.
He ordered that the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and one of them must be a federal civil servant not below the rank of level 10.
Mustapha Audu’s wife, Zahra was on the day of her arraignment magnanimously allowed by the judge to enjoy the administrative bail granted her by the EFCC owing to her status as a nursing mother.
Trial date has been set for 15th April, 2013