A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna has granted the former Governor of the state, Ramalan Yero bail, following his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) over alleged money laundering of N750m, campaign fund of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Shuaibu on Wednesday admitted the former governor to N1 million bail and two sureties in like sum, among whom must own a landed property in Kaduna state.
The judge also granted bail to the former Minister of state power, Nuhu Wya, former Kaduna state PDP chairman, Haruna Gaya and the former Secretary to Kaduna state government, Hamza Ishaq, all who are standing trial alongside Yero, in the sum of N1 million and two sureties in like sum.
The former governor and the three other accused persons were on May 31, 2018, remanded in prison custody following the order of the judge, who later fixed Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 for hearing of the application for bail filed by their counsel, Yunus Ustaz.
During today’s sitting, the Prosecution Counsel expressed fear that the defeńdants are likely to jump bail if granted to them.
But after a long argument between both counsels, the presiding judge granted the accused person bail and ordered them to deposit their international passports to the court registrar.
The judge has adjourned the sitting till September 26, 2018, for hearing.
Kaduna State government has paid the retirement benefits worth over N840 Million Naira to 309 retired civil servants; who have served the state meritoriously.
While speaking during the presentation of cheques to the pensioners, Governor Yero noted that, despite the dwindling revenue accruing to Kaduna, the state government has expended over N2 billion for the payment of gratuities of civil servants who retired between January to July, 2014.
The governor also disclosed that his administration has paid a total of N4.7 billion as backlog of retirement benefits for the state civil servants dating back to seven years, and also cleared the backlog of gratuities and death benefits of retirees and deceased staff in the service.
It was a moment of joy for this senior citizens as they filed out to receive their cheques from the governor, most of whom just retired from service last year.
The beneficiaries are batches 5, 6 and 7 of pensioners who were captured in the months of May, June and July, 2014. They filed out to receive the cheques from the state governor in the admiration of their relations and colleagues.
While pledging the commitment of the State government towards ensuring prompt payment of pensions and other retirement benefits, Governor Yero said his administration remained committed to settling all pension liabilities as part of efforts to raise the production capacity of the civil service.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the state government for the payment of their pension and gratuities, and also promised to reciprocate the gesture by voting massively for the governor, who is seeking a re-election for another four year term.
It is expected that the wealth of experience that this pensioners have acquired over the years in service will be an added advantage in terms of initiating viable ventures with the money.
As Muslims begin their one month obligatory Ramadan fasting, Governor of Kaduna State, Muktar Yero, has asked the Boko Haram insurgents to use the opportunity of prayers and self-denial associated with the period to end the killing of innocent Nigerians.
In a statement signed by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Mallam Ahmed Maiyaki, Yero asked Muslims to use the period of the Ramadan fast to pray for God’s divine intervention to bring the present spate of insecurity in the country to an end and ensure that lasting peace and harmony returns to Kaduna State.
The Governor asked Muslims to take full advantage of the holy month to forge greater unity within them and adherents of other faiths in the country.
He also called on privileged Muslims to assist those in need, especially in this holy month and urged the people of Kaduna State to continue to coexist peacefully irrespective of their diversity, pointing out that, all of them were created by one God.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. The annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.