- The EFCC has arraigned Gbenga Makanjuola for alleged N3.5 billion fraud
- Makanjuola is the deputy chief of staff to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki
- He was arraigned alongside with a firm, Melrose General Services Limited and Obiorah Amobi
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, October 3, arraigned Gbenga Makanjuola, an aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki, for an alleged fraud of N3.5 billion.
A report by Channels TV claimed that Makanjuola was arraigned alongside a firm, Melrose General Services Limited, and one Obiorah Amobi before the Federal High Court in Lagos state.
NAIJ.com gathered that the EFCC’s lawyer, Ekene Iheanacho, called for their remand in prison while also seeking for a trial date.
Makanjuola’s lawyer, Paul Erokoro (SAN), however, drew the court’s attention to his client’s bail application, saying that the application has been served on the prosecution and sought the court’s permission to move it.
On his part, Amobi’s lawyer, Omeoga Chukwu. Although they pleaded not guilty to the charges, the trial judge, Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court in Lagos, ordered their remand in prison until a trial date is fixed.
The accused later got the court’s nod to move the bail applications. Arguing Makanjuola’s bail application, Erokoro said his client was a former member of the House of Representatives and as such he is prepared to face his trial.
However, in his response, EFCC’s lawyer urged the court to dismiss the applications saying the defendants constitute a flight risk.
Justice Kuewumi, however, adjourned the case till October 9, for ruling on the bail applications after listening to the submissions of parties in the matter.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that an aide to the Senate president, Bamikole Omishore and his wife, Abiola Aiyegbayo-Omishore, were probed by the EFCC over alleged ghost worker scam.
The spokesman for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said the probe on the couple was sequel to a petition against them.
Uwujaren said: “I can confirm that the petition is before the commission and receiving necessary attention.”
In the said petition signed by Abba El-Mustapha on behalf of youths united against corruption in Nigeria, Omishore was accused of allegedly listing his wife as a grade level 12 employee of the National Assembly, though she is a nurse in the United States.
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