Monday, 4 July 2016

N1.4bn Fraud: Ex-Kogi lawmaker loses Post- Conviction Bail Bid

Convicted former Caretaker Chairman of Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area of Kogi state, Gabriel Daudu, today, July 4, 2016, lost his post conviction bail bid as a Federal High Court sitting Lokoja, refused his bail application.

Daudau was convicted by Justice Inyang Ekwo on April 25, 2016, after he found him guilty of 77 counts of fraud and sentenced him to 154-year imprisonment.

In his ruling, the trial judge held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced Mr. Daudu to two years on each of the 77 counts.

Since the sentences are running concurrently, Mr. Daudu is expected to spend two years in jail. But the convict approached the Federal High Court with an application for bail on the grounds that without the bail he would have served his jail term before his appeal is determined at the appellate court.

But ruling on the application today, Justice I. M. Sani held that the grounds of the applicant’s application were speculative and consequently refused the request.

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