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Alleged abuse of office: Court admits Sirika, 2 others to N100m bail each

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A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on Thursday admitted Hadi Sirika, former aviation minister and two others to bail in the sum of  N100 million each.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the former Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),  Maitama on a six- count amended charge.

Also arraigned are Sirika’s daughter, Fatima; Jalal Hamma and Al-Duraq Investment Ltd, for alleged abuse of office and fraudulent contracts award.

Delivering ruling in the case after their counsel have argued their bail application, and the prosecution did not object,Justice Oriji granted them bail.

” Bail is granted to each of the defendants 1st, 2nd and 3rd in sum of N100 million with two sureties.

” The sureties shall be responsible citizens of the Federal republic of Nigeria, who are ordinarily resident in the Federal Capital Territory .

” Each surety shall have landed property within Abuja municipal Area council covered by a valued certificate of occupancy issued by the FCT minister.

” The residential addresses of the sureties shall be verified by the Registrar of the court.

” Each surety shall dispose to a  affidavit of means.

” The 1st to the 3rd defendants shall  not travel out of the country while the charge is pending without the permission of the court .”

Justice Oriji added that if any of the three defendants were unable to fulfill the condition of the  bail, he or she shall be remanded in the Correctional service.

He then  adjourned until June 10 for commencement of trial.

Earlier, the  details of the charges against them were reads as follows:

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