Alleged Money Laundering: Iwu Will Perfect Bail Conditions Soon, Says Lawyer

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Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN, counsel to Prof. Maurice Iwu, former INEC chairman who was granted N1 billion bail over alleged N1.2 billion money laundering charge, on Thursday said that Iwu would soon perfect his bail conditions.

Raji told a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Lagos that Iwu was still in custody.

He said though the bail conditions were stringent, it would be perfected.

NAN reports that Justice Chuka Obiozor of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, had on Friday Aug. 9, admitted Iwu to bail in the sum of One billion naira with two sureties in like sum.

The former INEC Chairman was granted bail after counsel to parties had argued on the bail application by the defendant/applicant and the counter affidavit by the prosecution.

In his submission, Iwu’s counsel, Raji prayed the court for an order admitting the defendant to bail on self recognisance pending the hearing and determination of charge filed against him or in the alternative, an order of the court admitting the defendant on liberal terms.

In his submission, the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, opposed the application on the ground that the defendant would interfere or intimidate the witnesses of the prosecution.

He however averred that if the court must grant the bail, the conditions attached should be stringent.

In that ruling, Justice Obiozor, admitted Iwu to N1billion bail.

The judge further ordered that the first surety must have a property registered in Lagos valued at N1 billion and must be resident in Lagos.

He also ordered that the surety must produce evidence of tax clearance, statement of his bank account with passport photos of both the surety and defendant.

The judge further ordered that the second surety must be a civil servant on Grade level 16 or a professor.

While ordering that the defendant be remanded in Ikoyi prisons pending the perfection of his bail conditions, Justice Obiozor stressed that the defendant must not interfere with the witnesses during trial.

As a vacation judge, having presided over the arraignment and concluded with the ruling on bail application, he directed the court registrar to return the case file to the Admin judge for reassignment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Iwu on Thursday Aug. 8, on four-counts charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion.

He pleaded not guilty to all the counts. (NAN).