Both the immediate past deputy governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu Shagari and four others facing trial for alleged fraud at a Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto on Thursday were granted bail in the tune of N25 million each.
They were first arraigned on Tuesday on a five count charge bordering on fraud for receiving the sum of N500 million from former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison Madueke in 2015.
Those other party stewards arraigned with the former deputy governor include, Senator Abdallah Wali, a PDP governorship candidate in 2015, Alhaji Ibrahim Gidado, a former commissioner of information, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, PDP State Chairman and Treasurer of the party, Alhaji Nasiru Dalhatu Bafarawa.
In his ruling on the bail applications, Justice Idrissa Sale Kogo said they should equally provide two sureties who must be civil servants of grade level 13, and residing within the jurisdiction of the court. Kogo further directed that the five defendants deposit their international passports in the court while their sureties must have properties worth the amount of bail and must depose to an affidavit before the court.
While divulging that all the five count charges against the accused were bail able, Justice Kogo affirmed that, the charges are not of any capital nature.
“Bail is granted for all offences except capital offences such as murder, kidnapping among others. It is clear from the above that all the allegations deal with financial transactions which is centered on N500 million.”
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Justice Kogo after adjourning the case for July 5, 2018 further submitted that, the five accused men be remanded in prison custody pending when they fulfill their bail conditions.
Meanwhile, heavy security presence within and outside the court premises greatly prevented the likelihood of breakdown of law and order as PDP supporters came out in their large number to chant all manner of persecution songs against the government of the day.
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