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Court revokes Obadina’s bail in Sambo Dasuki’s case

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Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd)

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja yesterday revoked Managing Director of Almond Properties Limited, Olugbenga Obadina’s bail.

He also ordered that Obadina, who has been standing trial on an eight-count charge bordering on money laundering, be remanded in Kuje Prison pending the next trial date scheduled for January 30 and 31, 2019.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged Obadina to Court for receiving N2.417 billion from former National Security Adviser (NSO), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) for contracts that were not executed.

Dimgba had on Thursday, January 17, 2019 noted the defendant and his counsel’s absence in court and ordered that the defence show the Court cause why the bail granted Obadina on July 18, 2016 should not be revoked.

Counsel to the defendant, Goddy Uche (SAN) told the Court that his client had been in and out of hospital following a surgery he undertook recently.

“I plead with my lord to look favorably at the defendant and temper justice with mercy due to his ill health, as he is presently using crutches to walk.

“We cannot take the Court for granted and on behalf of the defendant, I will like to state that there will be no more absence from the Court,” he said.

Responding, however, the trial judge dismissed the appeal and revoked Obadina’s bail, saying: “I will revoke the bail as it appears you have been coming with one excuse or the other.

“I have considered the submissions from the defence counsel. However, this is a court of record, and the question put to the defence was to show cause why the bail should not be revoked. Unfortunately, the medical report, which is meant to be a supporting document was not tendered.

“To demonstrate the seriousness of this matter, we cannot rely on mere hear say; when you get the medical report, you can file for an application of motion for re-installment of bail, pending the next hearing date for continuation of trial.”


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