The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Staff with Disabilities’ Cooperative Society, Alhaji Iliasu Abdulrauf, for alleged N1, 126,156,000 fraud.
Abdulrauf was arraigned before Justice S.C Oriji of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Apo, Abuja, on a six-count charge of breach of trust.
He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, prompting prosecution counsel, Steve Oduase, to ask the court for a trial date, and prayed that he be remanded in prison custody while the defence counsel pleaded with the court to grant him bail. Justice Oriji admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20 million with two sureties, one of which must be a Grade Level 14 civil servant in the federal civil service while the other must be a responsible Nigerian citizen. The two sureties, the judge stated, must be resident in FCT, Abuja, with their residential addresses verified by the court registrar and the prosecuting counsel, adding that the defendant shall not travel out of the country without the permission of the court. In the event of the defendant being unable to satisfy the bail conditions, he shall be remanded in EFCC custody. The matter was adjourned till December 15, 2020 and January 25, 2021, for the commencement of trial.
This case is quite a funny one, you arrest someone for an alledgely ₦1bn fraud but say his bail is ₦20m , na wa o