Former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, was on Tuesday granted bail by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested the former governor at an event in Abuja on July 4, following an arrest warrant the commission claimed was issued against Turaki about three years ago.
Upon his arraignment in court on Thursday, the presiding judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, granted the suspect bail on a number of conditions. He would be required to submit his traveling documents to the registry of the court.
Other conditions for his bail are that he should produce “two reasonable sureties” who are resident in Abuja and that he has to sign a register to be opened at the EFCC office, every two weeks.
Earlier, EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, opposed Turaki’s request for bail. He informed the judge that the former governor was only arrested at an event in Abuja on July 4, for an arrest warrant that was issued against him about three years ago.
He further told the court that the Federal High Court in Dutse, Jigawa State had issued the arrest warrant because of the refusal of Turaki to attend court to face trial over the alleged offence filed against him about five years ago.
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