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Friday, 1 March 2013
N18million land scam: Ex-Kogi Governor son gets bail
A High Court sitting in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, headed by Justice Abubakar Sadiq Umar had on Thursday, February 28, 2013 granted bail to Mustapha Audu, son of a former Governor of Kogi state, Prince Abubakar Audu, who is currently standing trial alongside his wife, Zahra Audu and their company, Constructor Guild Limited over an alleged N18 million land scam.
The couple who were arraigned on Tuesday, 26 February, 2013 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC were alleged to have falsely obtained the sum of N18 million from one Nike kolawole under the pretence that they will get her a four- bedroom apartment at Katampe Extension, Abuja; and another property at Caemly Estate, Idu Sabo, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Counsel to the accused, Okechuku Ajunwa prayed the court to grant the first accused person bail since his alleged offence was bail-able.
However, the prosecuting counsel, Samuel Ugwuegbulam opposed the bail application. He said that, though the offence for which the accused was charged is bail-able, it nonetheless carries a sentence of not less than seven years which could be a motivation to jump bail.