The Makurdi Zonal workplace of Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee EFCC, on Tuesday 29th June, 2021, arraigned the Current Chairman, Benue State Impartial Electoral Fee (BSIEC), Hon. Loko Tersoo Joseph; the secretary Hon. Serki Mtomba Manaseh; the Treasurer, Hon. Akange Akula and 5 different members/Commissioners earlier than Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Makurdi, Benue State.
The defendants are going through 23-count cost from the EFCC bordering on Cash Laundering of about N500,000,000 (5 Hundred Million Naira solely), on conspiracy, Prison Breach of Belief, Misappropriation, cash laundering and forgery.
The defendants pleaded ‘not responsible’ to the fees most well-liked in opposition to them.
Based mostly on their pleas, prosecution counsel, Ramiah Ikhanaede requested for a trial date and that every one the defendants be remanded in a Correctional Facility.
Nonetheless, counsel to all defendants, B. A. Iorhegh, apologised that they haven’t introduced formal functions for bail earlier than the Court docket that the cost was served to all defendants late, that a few of them are on medicine, urged Court docket to maneuver the functions orally which Court docket granted, urged Court docket to grant the bail on self-recognisiances or within the different on most liberal phrases to permit defendants to seem for his or her trial.
Justice Dogo, after listening to the counsel submissions admitted all defendants to bail within the sum of N10 million every with one surety in like sum.
All defendants are banned from travelling outdoors Nigeria with out the know of the Court docket, and the registrar and prosecutors should confirm all of the paperwork and with none pointless bills to the defendants or the surety.
The case was adjourned until the 28th of September, this yr for the graduation of trial and all defendants be remanded at Correctional Facility of Makurdi, Benue State pending the perfection of their bail circumstances.