7m Fraud: Ex-Adavi Chair Secures Bail

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The Federal High Court in Lokoja, Kogi State has granted bail to Enesi Jimoh, former chairman of Adavi Local Government Council.

He had earlier convicted and sentenced to a six month imprisonment without option of fine for criminal misappropriation of public funds.

Jimoh was prosecuted by was found guilty by Justice Ekwo last November for converting N7 million belonging to the Council for personal use.

He was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside one Samuel Abiodun Ojo, a Commissioner for Agriculture in March 2010.

Ojo was however discharged by the court after a no case submission filed by his counsel in June 2012.

Upon his conviction, the former council boss, through his counsel Olu Agunbiade, filed an appeal seeking a review of his conviction.

Agunbiade wrote to the prison authorities in Koton-Karfe demanding the health status of the accused person.

On the strength of that letter, the prison authorities took the convict to a specialist hospital where he was allegedly diagnosed of lung cancer.

In latest ruling, Justice Ekwo granted the convict bail in the sum of N15million and one surety in like sum.

The surety must be a responsible citizen and owner of landed property within the jurisdiction of the court which value shall not be below the bail sum.

The original title deed shall be deposited at the court registry and the surety shall depose to an affidavit of means.

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