Thursday, February 2

Court grants bail to 3 suspects linked to Mary Odili’s home raid

An Abuja Division of the Federal high court has granted bail to the remaining three of the 15 suspects linked to the raid of the Supreme Court judge, Justice Mary Odili’s residence in Abuja, that were arraigned in December 2021.

Justice Nkeonye Maha on Monday granted them bail in the sum of N5 million each and ordered them to produce two sureties each, one of which must be a responsible citizen with landed property in Abuja and the other must be gainfully employed in Abuja with a three-year tax payment evidence.

The three granted bail included: Mohammed Yahaya, an assistant superintendent of police,  Abdullahi Adamu and Abdullahi Usman, the 11th, 14th and 15th defendants respectively.

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Nairametrics reported that the court arraigned 15 out of the 22 suspects linked to the raid before Justice Maha.

Nairametrics also reported that Nairametrics reported that the Nigerian Police Force announced the arrest of 14 persons connected to the raid.

What you should know

  • In December 2021, 15 out of the 22 suspects were arraigned on an 18-count charge bordering on forgery, criminal trespass, intimidation, extortion, among others.
  • They all pleaded not guilty to the charges proffered against them. 12 out of the 15 defendants were granted bail in December. The rest three were granted bail today.
  • The judge also directed that the documents of the landed property of the surety, be submitted to the registry of the court and passports of the defendants be submitted also to the registry.
  • She also ordered that the defendants be remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre pending the perfection of their bail terms.
  • The 7 remaining suspects yet to be apprehended that are still at large include, Ike Ezekwe, Mike, Sani Bala, Godwin Lucas, Solomon Bagudu, Austin M. and Michael M.