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Friday, April 8, 2016

Release Jonathan’s cousin on bail, court orders EFCC

Goodluck-Jonathan-696x464A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, on
Thursday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission to release a cousin of a former President
Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Azibaola Robert, on bail.
Justice Olasunbo Goodluck, ruling on Robert’s ex parte
application ordered that the bail should be guaranteed by two
sureties.
Each of the sureties must be a serving or retired Director in any
of the Federal Government’s ministries or parastatal and must
be resident within Abuja.
The applicant would also deposit his passport to the Chief
Registrar of this court.
The EFCC had on March 23, arrested Robert over an alleged
diversion of $40m through a firm, One-Plus Holdings, which a
sister company of Kakatar Construction and Engineering
Company Limited, through allegedly phoney contract of
securing oil pipelines.
He was said to have received the money from the then National
Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), who is also being
prosecuted for diversion of funds allegedly meant for
procurement of arms to fight insurgency.
Justice Goodluck’s ruling on the ex parte application by
Robert, through his lawyer, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), held that
the applicant’s detention by the EFCC for over two weeks was
unconstitutional.

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