- Gbenga Makanjuola, an aide to Senate President Saraki, has been re-arraigned by the EFCC
- Makanjuola was dragged to court with others for alleged money laundering
- In her verdict, Justice Onyetenu granted the application of bail for the defendants and adjourned the case to May 20
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) said it has dragged the deputy chief of staff to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, before the Lagos Federal High Court over an amended 11-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering.
The commission, which made this known on Wednesday, March 13, said the Senate president's aide, Gbenga Makanjuola, and Kolawole Shittu, who is the cashier to the Senate, are facing crime of alleged fraud of N3.5 billion, The Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathers that others are Obiora Amobi, who is the operations manager of Melrose General Services Limited and Robert Chidozie Mbonu, a former managing director of Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria (SGBN).
They were re-arraigned after being granted bail by Justice Babs Kuewumi who has been transferred out of Lagos.
Justice Maureen Onyetenu, in her judgement granted the prayers of the defendants to continue on an existing bail after their counsel, Paul Erokoro (SAN), made the appeal before the judge.
Although, the counsel to the prosecuting witness, Bashir Kamil, had prayed for the continuation of the trial, Justice Onyetenu, standing on the earlier verdict given by Kuewumi, allowed the defendants to continue with their bail.
She, however, adjourned the case to May 20, 21 and 22, 2019 for the continuation of the trial.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Makanjuola was on Wednesday, October 3, arraigned for an alleged fraud of N3.5 billion. He was arraigned alongside a firm, Melrose General Services Limited, and one Obiorah Amobi before the Federal High Court in Lagos state.
The EFCC’s lawyer, Ekene Iheanacho, called for their remand in prison while also seeking for a trial date.
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