Oyo-Ita, others plead not guilty to fraud allegations, granted N100m bail

Posted by News Express | 23 March 2020 | 454 times

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•Former Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita

The immediate past Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has pleaded not guilty to fraud allegations brought against her.

Mrs. Oyo-Ita alongside eight others on Monday pleaded not guilty to an 18-count charge of fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is arraigning her over an N3bn alleged scam.

Oyo-Ita who is arraigned before Justice Taiwo Taiwo is also being investigated over alleged abuse of duty tour allowance, money laundering and alleged theft of government funds.

Her lawyer, Paul Erokoro (SAN) says he is applying for bail on behalf of his client who has been on administrative bail of the EFCC.

Lawyers to the other defendants are also making the same application.

Trial of the case has been fixed for 27th, 28th of May, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June for day to day trial.

Meanwhile, The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the former Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita bail.

The presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Monday granted her bail of N100m with sureties in like sum.

Justice Taiwo said that the sureties must be resident in Abuja and must be a civil servant not less than grade level 17 with property worth N100m while the other surety must show evidence of gainful employment.

He also noted that the sureties must depose to an affidavit to pay N100m in the eventuality that Oyo-Ita will be granted bail.

The two other defendants, Garba Umar and Ubonh Effiok were granted bail in the sum of N50m each. (Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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