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[Updated]: Court Grants Ex-Jigawa Governor Saminu Turaki Bail

15 Juillet 2017

Former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, was on Tuesday granted bail by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja.

Turaki was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on July 4th while attending a public event in Abuja.

He argued that the anti-graft agency has kept him in its custody beyond the 48 hours that was approved by the 1999 constitution, as amended.

He also said he is having health challenges that needed to be taken care of.

He further submitted that the first trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako was later transferred to ‎Lagos, a situation which prompted the re-assignment of the case to Justice Adamu Bello (now retired).

Abubakar told the court that EFCC had in 2007, preferred money laundering charges against the applicant and arraigned him before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. The court however ruled in his favour, and transferred the case to Dutse division of the court.

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He added that the court in its response stated that the judge has gone on vacation‎.

Abubakar, however prayed the court to deny the applicant bail.

"Justice Halilu admitted the accused to bail on conditions which require him to deposit his travel documents to the registry of the court, produce two sureties with reasonable source of income and as well as report to the Commission every two weeks from today, July 13, 2017 till when the court resumes from vacation in September, 2017", the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Thursday.

Justice Halilu, while commending the efforts of the prosecution to liaise with the Registry of the Federal High Court, Jigawa, questioned the motives of the defendant applicant in filing a substantive human rights matter at the Federal Capital Territory High Court on July 10, 2017 asking, "Why has the applicant chosen to come and drink from the cup of equity at this court".

Justive Halilu adjourned till July 20 for the hearing of Turaki's pending fundamental rights enforcement application, in which he is challenging his arrest and detention.

[Updated]: Court Grants Ex-Jigawa Governor Saminu Turaki Bail