Suspended Accountant-General of the Federation (AG-F) Ahmed Idris was granted bail at N5 billion by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday.
Idris; his Technical Assistant, Godfrey Olusegun Akindele; a director in the Office of the AG-F, Mohammed Kudu Usman; and a firm linked with Idris – Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited – were arraigned on July 22 on a 14-count charge bordering on stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109.5 billion.
The court, on July 27, took arguments from lawyers to the parties on the defendants’ bail applications, following which it scheduled ruling for July 28.
Justice Jadesola Adeyemi-Ajayi, in a ruling yesterday, rejected the objection by the prosecuting agency – the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) – and granted bail to Idris, Akindele and Usman.
Justice Adeyemi-Ajayi agreed with the defence that, despite the weight of the allegations against the defendants, so long as they do not border on capital offences, the defendants are entitled to bail.
“In line with due process and the supremacy of the law, the defendants are still entitled to bail, irrespective of the enormity of the allegations against them.
“The EFCC did not, in any of its processes, state that the defendants misbehaved while on administrative bail,” the judge said.
The judge admitted the three defendants to bail on the terms and conditions attached to the earlier administrative bail granted them by the EFCC.
Among the conditions is that Idris would be allowed on bail at N5 billion with two sureties, one of whom must be a Permanent Secretary in the service of the Federal Government, while the other must be a director in the same service.
For Akindele and Usman, Justice Adeyemi-Ajayi granted bail to each at N2 billion with two sureties who must be directors in the service of the Federal Government.