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Alleged Money Laundering: Court Grants Ex-gov Turaki Bail



By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has admitted a former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki to a fresh bail in the sum of N500 million with two sureties in the sum of N250 million each.

The trial court granted him bail after pleading not guilty to a 32 count charge slammed on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Turaki had earlier been admitted to bail by Justice Yusuf Halilu of an Abuja High Court last Thursday from the custody of the EFCC.

While granting Turaki bail yesterday, Justice Dimgba held that the sureties should either be a businessman, private person or a civil servant not below the level of Director and must have a landed property within the FCT or any of the satellite towns within Abuja.

The judge added that the sureties must deposit their evidence of tax payment from the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

He further held that the defendant must deposit his travel documents with the court’s registrar and must report to the headquarters of the EFCC every first working day of every month.

Justice Dimgba also held that the defendant should be remanded in Kuje prison pending the satisfaction of the bail condition.

The court later adjourned the case till September 19, a date which the Federal High Court, Dutse had earlier fixed.

?The matter will now be continued before Justice Sabi’u Yahuza of the Dutse Federal High Court.

Turaki was arraigned alongside three companies , INC Natural Resources Ltd, Apel Construction Ltd and WideHeart Construction Ltd over alleged 32-count charges bordering on money laundering.

When the charges were read to Turaki, he pleaded not guilty.Counsel to the defendant, Ahmed Raji, SAN, however, moved an oral application for the bail of the accused person.

Raji cited Section163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), which entitles the defendant to bail unless the court sees the contrary.





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