By John Shiklam in Kaduna
A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna on Wednesday granted bail to former governor of Kaduna State, Ramalan Yero, and three others.
The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Shuaibu, granted each of the accused persons bail in the sum of N1 million and two sureties in like sum.
The court also ordered the accused persons to deposit their international passports with the court registrar.
Yero, along side former Minister of State (Power), Nuhu Wya, former Kaduna State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haruna Gaya, and former Secretary to Kaduna State government during the Yero administration, Hamza Ishaq,were remanded in prison custody on May 31 following their arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on a four-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal conspiracy misappropriation of public funds and breach of trust involving N700 million said to be the share of PDP for disbursement during the 2015 elections.
Ruling on the bail application filed by their counsel, Yunus Ustaz (SAN), Justice Shuaibu said the sureties must own a landed property in Kaduna State.
The prosecution counsel had kicked against the bail, arguing that the defendants were likely to jump bail if granted bail.
The presiding judge however ruled that the offence was a bailable offence.
The matter was adjourned till September 26, 2018, for hearing.