Former Imo Governor, Ohakim Gets Bail

OhakimA Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to a former governor of Imo State, Mr Ikedi Ohakim, who is standing trial on charges of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering.

This came one day after he was remanded in the custody of the EFCC.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola released the former governor on bail on the condition that he will provide one surety in the sum of 270 million naira and who must be a resident of the Federal Capital Territory and also own a property in the nation’s capital.

He, however, said that the surety can in the alternative swear to an affidavit of means which must be verified by the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

He also ordered the former governor to deposit his passport and all travel documents with the court.

Mr Ohakim, who pleaded not guilty to the 3-count charge of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering was surrounded by his lawyers and family members as he appeared in court

In his application for bail, Mr Ohakim, through his counsel, submitted that the offence for which he is standing trial is a bailable offence and since the prosecution has concluded investigation, there is no reason to keep him in custody.

He urged the court to grant him bail in the most liberal terms.

In his ruling, Justice Adeniyi Ademola said that the court exercised its discretion in favour of the accused because the offences for which he is standing trial are bailable and an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

EFCC To Arraign Ohakim, Lamido And Nyako

efccThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested three former governors over allegations of corruption and money laundering.

The three former governors are Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State, Muritala Nyako of Adamawa and Sule Lamido of Jigawa State.

Nyako and Lamido were arrested along with their sons.

Meanwhile, Mr Ohakim and Admiral Nyako will be arraigned in Abuja today (Wednesday), while Mr Lamido and his sons are to be arraigned in Kano on Thursday.

The EFCC is alleging that the former governors siphoned and diverted monies belonging to their states while they were in office.

APC Leaders In Ogun To Meet With Obasanjo

The leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have converged on Ogun State ahead of a planned meeting with a former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, as part of the party’s ongoing consultation.

The Saturday meeting will hold at the hilltop home of the former president in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Some of the party members expected at the meeting are currently holding a closed door meeting at the Ogun State Government House.

The National Interim Leader of the Party, Bisi Akande, Bola Tinubu, Rochas Okorocha, Nuhu Ribadu, Bukola Saraki, Ahamed Abdulfatah, Halimodu Sherif, Muritala Nyako, Femi Fani Kayode, Rabiu Kwakwanso, are some of the party members that will attend the meeting.

Former military Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi are also expected to join the group before they will proceed to Mr. Obasanjo’s residence.

The meeting is coming after Mr Obasanjo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), wrote an open letter to the Nigerian president entitled; ‘Before It Is Too Late’, pointing out issues bothering on sensitive areas, some of which are security, politics and economy.

Mixed reactions have trailed the open letter.

President Jonathan’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, said the letter was “self-serving and highly provocative”.

Some critics are of the opinion that Mr Obasanjo lacked the moral backing to write such letter, as the issues he mentioned existed during his tenure as the Nigerian president.

Others say the message and not the messenger should be looked at.

It is not clear if the APC meeting is aimed at wooing him to join the party, as several PDP governors and lawmakers in the House of Representatives have defected to the APC in the last few weeks.