ahmadu umaru fintiri
  • Says trial politically motivated

Alex Enumah in Abuja

Former Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, was on Friday admitted to bail in the sum of N500 million by the Abuja division of the Federal High Court trying him on alleged corruption and money laundering offences.

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, said in a ruling on the bail application that the prosecution failed to show reasonable cause why the defendant should not be granted bail.

He rejected the claim of the prosecution led by Mr. Larry Aso that the former governor will jump bail if granted, adding that the claim cannot be sustained because the defendant did not jump the administrative bail granted him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Part of the bail conditions are that the defendant should produce sureties in like sum with proof of property ownership in Abuja.

The sureties are also to deposit title deeds of the properties with the court alongside two recent passport photographs.

The court also asked the defendant to deposit his international passport with the court and can only travel outside the country upon receipt of permission of the court.

Meanwhile, the trial has been adjourned till October 6 by Justice Mohammed.

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