The Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos also said the sureties must also have landed property within the jurisdiction of the court which must be verified by the court register and prosecution.
Justice Babs Kuewumi who was in charge of proceedings gave these conditions that must be met by embattled managing director of NAMA, Ibrahim Abdulsalam and others however said that the accused persons should be remanded in prisons pending when they will meet their bail condition.
The other accused persons include Adegorite Olumuyiwa, Agbolade Segun, his wife, Joy Ayodele Adegorite, who is the Managing Director of Multeng Travels and Tours Limited, Clara Aliche, and two Limited Liability companies Randville investment limited, Multeng Travels and Tours Limited alleged to have been used as conduit pipe to defraud the agency.
The counsel to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo also amended the charge to include one Bola Akinribido and Sesebor Abiodun
The case was listed for hearing of the bail applications of the defendants, however the prosecutor, told the court that he came with a 24 count amended charge and urged the court to allow the charge to be re-read to the accused persons again.
He said two other defendants were included in the amended charge and the defendants’ counsels did not oppose the application.
Oyedepo told the court that he had been served with bail application of the defendants stating that he is not against the accused’s right to be granted bail but enjoined the court to allow the trial commence speedily
The presiding judge, Babs Kiewumi granted the request and the charge was read to the defendant who took their plea.
In the first count of the amended charge, EFCC alleged that the first to fifth defendants and one Nnamdi Udoh still at large between January 31, 2013 and September 3, 2015. with intent to defraud and by false pretence conspired together to induced the NAMA to deliver the sum of N2,847,523,975 to Delosa Limited ,Air Sea Delivery Ltd and Sea Schedules Systems Ltd under the pretence that the said sum represented the cost of clearing consignments belonging to the agency.
The offence was said to have contravened Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud related offences Act, 2016 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.
The commission also alleged in the charge that the defendants on December 19, 2014, forged a document titled ” Guaranty Trust Bank Plc Apapa 2-Burma road NCS Payment Acknowledgement receipt number: 05821082014177651″
Two of the defendants Sesebor Abiodun and Bola Akinribido were only charge parts of the 24 count amended charge.
All the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the prosecutor urged the court to allow him call his witnesses.
Counsels to the defendants who represented the NAMA managing director opposed the commencement of the trial immediately, stating that the bail applications should be heard before trial commences.
Justice Kuewumi while ruling on the bail applications granted all the accused person bail in the sum of N20million each with one sureties in like sum.
He added that the sureties must have landed property within the jurisdiction of the court which must be verify by the court register and prosecution.
The judge however said that the accused persons should be remanded in prisons pending when they will meet their bail condition.
The matter was adjourned till 27 and 28 of April.