Published On: Thu, Nov 16th, 2017

Military Officers Accused Of Stealing N239m Pension Get Bail

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By Nuel Suji – The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 granted bail to the two military officers accused of complicity in stealing monies meant for payment of death benefits of deceased officers.

Presiding judge Justice D. Z. Senchi granted bail to Ishaka Yakubu and Akinbamidele Odunsi with a sum of N1million each with two sureties in like sum, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement Thursday.

The Suspects: Yakubu and Odunsi were arraigned alongside Abidemi Aderemi Kolade and Violet Ofoegbunam (both bank officials) on a 6-count count charge of conspiracy and stealing of pension funds to the tune of N339million.

The offence breaches Section 315 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 LFN (Abuja) 1990, and punishable under the same Act.

Arraigned on November 9, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge following which the court ordered their remand in prison custody and adjourned to November 15 for ruling on their bail application.

In his ruling, Justice Senchi admitted each of the accused persons to bail in the sum of N1million each with two sureties in like sum. Each of the sureties must own property worth N200million and must deposit original title of the property with the court.

The case has been adjourned to January 23, 2018 for hearing.

 

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