Jonathan’s cousin, wife secure N1bn bail

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Jonathan’s cousin and wife will get a temporary
reprieve from prison custody if they are able to
meet a N1bn bail condition slammed on them, an
Abuja High Court ruled on Wednesday.
Mr Robert Azibaola, who is former President
Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin is allegedly involved
in a $40m contract scam and had been in the
custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) for 80 days before his
arraignment at the High Court.
The trial Judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, also ruled that
Azibaola and his wife must produce two sureties
in like sum, in addition to the N1bn bail
condition.
According to the court, the sureties must be
owners of landed properties within the Asokoro
District of Abuja.
It further stressed that the sureties must present
evidence of payment of income tax.
Meanwhile, the defendants are to be remanded
at Kuje Prison, pending the fulfilment of the bail
conditions just as Justice Dimgba also ordered
accelerated hearing on the matter.
Mrs Azibaola was allowed to go home on the
basis of an administrative bail the anti-graft
agency earlier granted to her while the case was
adjourned till June 28, July 4 and 5 for
commencement of trial.

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