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Court grants Peace Corps commandant N10m bail

by on March 30, 2017
 
Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday granted bail to the National Com­mandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akor, to the tune of N10 million.
Akor and the Incor­porated Trustees of the organisation are stand­ing a 90-count criminal charge bordering on al­leged conversion of mon­ies directly derived from “extortion” amounting to about N1.4 billion.
However, upon ar­raignment, the peace Corps boss denied all the 90-count charges pre­ferred against him by the Federal Government.
Consequently, his bail application was argued by John Ochogwu, with the prosecution counsel, Aminu Alilu in opposi­tion.
Ruling on Akor’s bail application, trial judge, Justice Tsoho while granting the bail, said the 1st defendant shall pro­duce one surety in the sum of N20 million.
The surety shall be resi­dent in Abuja and must be an owner of a landed property in Abuja, the court said, adding that the surety must tender photocopies of title deeds of the property to the Deputy Chief Registrar, Litigation of the court.
Also, the surety is re­quired to submit his residential address which must be verified by the DCR litigation.
The judge equally or­dered that Akor should drop his international passport and could only “apply to the court when­ever he wants to use dur­ing the cause of his trial.”
More so, Akor and the sureties were directed to deposit their two recent passport photographs.
“After due consider­ation accorded to coun­sels, the court is inclined to grant the bail to the applicant because the al­leged offences are not capital in nature.
The court said the sub­mission of the complain­ant that the applicant might influence or inter­fere with police investiga­tion, “is speculative and mere apprehension.
Justice Tsoho added that the prosecution has not deposed to any affi­davit showing that Akor jumped bail while on ad­ministrative bail.

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