Court remands Moro, Alayebami in prison
Perm sec gets administrative bail
FORMER Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, was yesterday remanded in prison custody pending the ruling on his bail application by the Federal High Court.
However, the second defendant, Anastazia Daniel Nwaobia, who was arraigned alongside the former minister, was granted administrative bail on the ground that she is a nursing mother.
Moro was docked at exactly 9.45am alongside a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Nwaobia and Mr. F.O. Alayebami on 11-count charge.
The charges were read out and the accused respectively pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Immediately after, Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Aliyu Yusuf, applied that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.
But counsel to Nwaobia (second defendant), Chris Uche (SAN), quickly prayed the court to grant his client, a nursing mother, an administrative bail as provided for in the criminal justice administration.
He pleaded that the second defendant, having been arraigned and had filed a motion on notice, which has been duly served, should be granted bail.
In his response, EFCC lawyer reminded his colleague that though he received the filed application for bail for the three accused persons, the applications were yet to be treated having been served just last Friday. According to him, the reply would be ready today (Tuesday).
Not satisfied with the excuse given by EFCC Counsel, Lawyer Uche argued that the prosecution should not have difficulty processing the bail for Nwaobia considering the peculiarity of her situation.
“She was granted administrative bail as she is a nursing mother. The direction is that the prosecution should serve prove of evidence seven days before arraignment to enable the accused persons apply for bail but this was not followed. Yet, she worked hard and filed application for bail on Friday and also served same that day.”
At this point, EFCC lawyer admitted that the accused is a nursing mother, and on the request of Justice Anwuli Chikwere, he said Nwaobia was expected to provide a director to stand surety for her while she comes to EFCC office everyday to sign the register and having adhered to the demands, she was initially granted administrative bail on February 22.
Justice Chikwere thereby requested the counsel to Nwaobia to quickly apply before the court that his client be granted administrative bail, which he did and in addition, he prayed the court to sustain the bail conditions pending the ruling on substantive application.
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