By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Gwagwalada has scheduled ruling for Thursday in the applications for bail filed by former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke and two others.
Justice Abubakar Kutigi chose January 30, 2020 for ruling after entertaining arguments from lawyers to parties in the criminal case brought against Adoke and six others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
At the hearing of the various bail application, defence lawyers, Mike Ozekhomw, SAN (for the 1st defendant); Wole Olanipekun, SAN (for the 2nd defendant) and Mahmud Magaji, SAN (for the 3rd defendant) prayed the court to allwo their clients on bail.
“We have also filed two critical documents to show that the defendant will not jump bail. We also urge the court to grant him bail base on his health condition. We humbly urge the court to grant him bail,” Ozekhome said.
Olanipekun said “One of the exhibits did not show that he (his client) ran away. He was not deported.
“He was not extradicted. He bought his own ticket back to Nigeria on his own. We urge the court to exercise discretion to grant him bail.”
Magaji said: “The applicant has been under investigation for 13 years and he has never ever failed his invitation.
“He is also a member of the profession (law). He has spent 35 years in this profession and it is unfortunate that he found himself in the dock.”
In arguing his objection to the bail application, lead prosecution lawyer, Bala said prayed the court to decline bail to the defendants.
On Adoke’s case, Sanga said no case of ill health has been proven by the defendant, more so, that ex-AGF did not voluntarily return to the country but extradited by Interpol.
“We have a counter-affidavit dated January 24, 2020 and filed on the same date. It is 11 paragraphs, deposed to by Ahmed Ibrahim, an officer of the EFCC.
“The contention is that no ill-health has been proven. We have exhibit EF1 and EF2 and the point is that it is the Interpol that handed him over to us.
“Interpol said we should come and collect him, so how come he returned on his own?” Sanga said.
As it relates to the other two defendants, Sanga argued that the prosecution was seriously opposed to bail being granted them.