An associate of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Abiodun Agbele who was arraigned in court before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal Court stting in Abuja on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been ordered to be remanded in prison.
He was arraigned on an 11-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N1,219,000,000 (One Billion, Two Hundred and Nineteen Million Naira).
The money is part of N4, 685, 723,000, (Four Billion, Six Hundred and Eighty-five Million, Seven Hundred and Twenty-three Thousand Naira) allegedly transferred from an account belonging to the Office of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Mr. Agbele was arraigned alongside a former Minister of Defence for State, Musliu Obanikoro; Sylvan Mcnamara Limited; Lt. A.O Adewale; Tunde Oshinowo and Olalekan Ogunseye (all at large).
However, counsel to the accused person, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, urged the court to grant the accused person bail on self-recognition, adding that the accused person had earlier been granted administrative bail by the Commission.
But Mr. Ojogbane kicked against the application, while seeking accelerated hearing of the case. According to him, ‘‘the accused is in touch with others at large.’’
After listening to both counsels, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ordered the accused person remanded in Kuje prison and fixed Thursday, August 4, 2016 for ruling on the bail application.