- The embattled former head of service, Oyo-Ita, has been granted N100m bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja
- Oyo-Ita is being prosecuted over fraud and money laundering charges, alongside two of her aides who were also granted N50m bail each
- The three were granted bail after pleading not guilty and asked to report to the EFCC for seven days within which they are expected to perfect their bails
A Federal High Court in Abuja has reportedly granted N100million bail to the former Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, following her arraignment on Monday, March 23.
The Nation reports that Oyo-Ita was arraigned on charges of money laundering, fraud, among others before Justice Taiwo Taiwo.
Legit.ng gathers that she was arraigned with two of her former aides, Garba Umar and Ubong Okon Effiok.
Upon their arraignment, the three pleaded not guilty, while not guilty plea was also recorded for six companies charged with them.
Justice Taiwo granted Oyo-Ita bail at N100m while Umar and Effiok got bail at N50m each.
The judge directed that each of the defendants must provide two sureties, among other conditions.
The defendants were released to their lawyer, with a condition that they must report at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a week until they meet the bail conditions.
The judge warned that they will be remanded in custody should they fail to meet the bail conditions at the expiration of the seven days.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Oyo-Ita arrived at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday with a pillow.
Operatives of the anti-graft agency brought Oyo-Ita to the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday morning over allegations of fraud.
The EFCC said investigations had shown that during her term as director, permanent secretary and head of service, Oyo-Ita used her companies as well as fronts to receive kickbacks from contractors of various ministries and parastatals where she worked.
Oyo-Ita is also accused of making bogus claims of fictitious DTA, Estacodes, conference fees which were paid by the government to the accounts of the suspects in collusion with her special assistant.
In another news, the Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take measures to ensure that funds allocated for coronavirus management are properly spent.
SERAP in a brief statement posted on its official Twitter handle on Sunday, March 22, urged Buhari to urgently instruct the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission to take actions to avoid diversion of public funds.
The non-governmental organisation advised the president to direct the anti-graft agencies to jointly monitor and track the spendings on coronavirus by the federal agencies and state governments to "remove the risks of corruption in our healthcare systems".
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