Abati fails to meet bail conditions, still in EFCC custody

Posted by News Express | 31 October 2016 | 1,992 times

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Former presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, is still in custody five days after he was arrested and later granted bail because he is unable to satisfy his bail conditions.

Mr. Abati, who wrote an interesting column yesterday, was arrested on Monday by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on allegations of financial impropriety to the tune of N50 million.

When operatives questioned him about how he spent the funds, Abati allegedly said he disbursed it to media practitioners in his capacity as the spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

However, he could not show evidence of disbursement when questioned claiming that he did not keep records of the disbursement.

The columnist was subsequently granted an administrative bail that requires presenting a senior federal civil servant – preferably a director – with landed properties in Abuja.

“He will be released when he meets his bail conditions,” a source within the EFCC informed newsmen on Friday.

Also in EFCC custody is Bala Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, who was taken into custody shortly after Abati’s arrest on Monday.

But Mohammed’s case is said to be more complicated and he may not be released anytime soon.

•Sourced from Nigerian Pilot. Photo shows Reuben Abati.

Source: News Express

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