COURT GRANTS BAIL TO JONATHAN’S COUSIN HELD OVER $40M PIPELINE CONTRACT

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Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday granted bail to detained Azibaola Robert, described as cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan. The judge granted Robert bail while ruling on ex-parte application brought pursuant to fundamental rights (enforcement procedure) rules by Robert’s lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN).

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on March 23 this year, arrested Robert over alleged diversion of $40 million through One-Plus Holdings, a sister company of Kakatar Construction and Engineering Company Limited. The EFCC said the money was meant for securing oil pipelines. The payment was said to have been made by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

Justice Goodluck said Robert’s detention by the EFCC for over two weeks was unconstitutional. The judge was of the view that the applicant disclosed sufficient.

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