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N109.5 billion Theft: AG-F Trial Begins Nov. 23

The suspended Accountant General of the Federation, AG-F, Ahmed Idris, has been re-arraigned before a new judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in Maitama

Idris was re-arraigned along with three others, before Justice Yusuf Halilu, on a 14-count charges bordering on stealing and criminal breach of trust of N109.5 billion.

The other defendants are: Godfrey Olusegun Akindele (a Technical Assistant to Idris); a director in the office of the AG-F, Mohammed Kudu Usman, and a firm linked with Idris – Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.

Idris and others were earlier arraigned on July 22 before Justice Jadesola Adeyemi-Ajayi who sat as the court’s vacation judge.

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The case was later reassigned to Justice Halilu after the court’s vacation.

The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them, and the defendants’ lead lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN), applied that they be allowed to continue to enjoy the earlier bail granted them on July 28 by the former judge.

Uche said the defendants had dutifully complied with their bail conditions.

Prosecuting lawyer Oluwaleke Atolagbe did not object to the request that the defendants be allowed to remain on the earlier bail.

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The lawyer said the prosecution would allow the court to exercise its discretion on the issue.

Ruling, Justice Halilu held that bail is a constitutional right of a defendant.

The judge added that having been previously granted bail by the court, he remained favourably disposed to allowing the defendants to remain on the earlier bail granted them by the court.

Subsequently, the court adjourned till November 23 for the commencement of trial.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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