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Former Minister of Power and Steel, Olu Agunloye, has been granted bail in the sum of N50 million.
Naija247News had earlier reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating Agunloye over the $6 billion Mambilla Hydropower Contract.
Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court Apo ordered Agunloye, who was charged with seven counts related to the fraudulent award of a contract and official corruption, to be remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre, until the bail application was heard and ruled upon.
However, during the hearing on Thursday, the Counsel for the former minister, Adeola Adedipe, requested that the court grant bail to his client either through self-recognisance or under lenient conditions.
Adedipe argued that Agunloye is not a flight risk and that the prosecution’s concerns were based on misunderstandings and communication issues.
The experienced attorney also contended that the misconceptions and concerns surrounding bail, as well as the arguments put forth by the prosecution, have been addressed by Section 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
According to Adeola, this provision states that “once a defendant is granted bail, even if they flee, the trial will proceed, and they will be convicted if necessary.”
In delivering the verdict, Justice Onwuegbuzie stated that the court leans towards granting bail to the defendant.
The defendant was granted bail of N50 million and was instructed to provide two sureties who could match the same sum.
Additionally, they are required to submit copies of their identification cards and photocopies of their international passports to the court.
The defendant must surrender his passport to the court and be present for all hearings. The case has been adjourned until February 12.(www.naija247news.com)