Court remands APC leader, others over alleged N21m fraud

Court remands APC leader, others over alleged N21m fraud

Edo state High Court sitting in Benin City, the Edo state capital, has remanded the state woman leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Aisosa Amadasun in prison custody over alleged contract scam.


She was remanded alongside four others for allegedly using their offices while serving as board members of the Edo state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to award contracts to their alleged cronies after collecting money from them.

The accused persons are Aisosa Amadasun, Adama Osabuohien, Prince Stephen Alao and two others.

They however pleaded not guilty to the 50 counts charges leveled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Counsel to EFCC, Ben Udi argued that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody to enable him study their bail applications.                 

The defense counsel to the third and fourth accused persons, Barr. Ohio Candy, argued that their offense is bailable and not a capital offense.

Defender to the first accused person, Barr. Ivie Fidelis pleaded with the court to grant the accused persons bail considering their age and health status.

The presiding judge, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele ordered  that the accused persons  be remanded in prison till October 9, 2017 and the case adjourned to 26 and 27 October, 2017.

 

Report by Gabriel Ordia

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