N109bn fraud: Court grants suspended Accountant-General Ahmed Idris bail

Ahmed Idris, a former federation comptroller general, was granted bail by an Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama on Thursday, July 28.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission set conditions for Idris Ahmed and his co-defendants’ release on bail.

The defendants are not allowed to leave the Federal Capital Territory, according to Justice Adeyemi Ajayi’s ruling. If they do, they must request permission from the court first or risk having their bail revoked.

The accused will also sign a statement promising to follow the EFCC’s bail requirements.

After giving their original passports to the commission, the defendants shouldn’t have them and won’t get new ones until the case is over.

Ajayi added; 

“In line with the due process and 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, stated that the defendants misbehaved while on administrative bail.”

Trial commenced immediately after the ruling on bail application.

This is coming barely a week after the court remanded the former AGF in prison. The court had last week Friday ordered that Idris and his co-defendants be kept in Kuje Correctional facility pending the hearing of their bail applications.

Other defendants are Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Ltd.

The defendants are being prosecuted on a 14-count charge of stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109, 485,572,691.9.

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