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Former Kwara Governor Granted Bail Amidst Alleged Misappropriation Charges

Jubilant scenes unfolded at the Federal High Court in Ilorin on Friday as former governor Abdulfatah Ahmed secured bail after being arraigned by the EFCC for alleged misappropriation of state funds.

Charged alongside his former Finance Commissioner, who was absent during the hearing, Ahmed pleaded not guilty to the 12-count indictment. Justice Evelyn Anyadike granted him bail, setting stringent conditions: a N50 million bond, two sureties with landed property in Ilorin, and surrender of his passport. Travel abroad requires court permission.

Trial commences on April 29th and 30th, 2024. Ahmed was taken back to the EFCC office until the conditions are met.

EFCC prosecutor Rotimi Jacobs confirmed the defense team’s oral bail request and the court’s decision with eight strict conditions.

Defense counsel Kehinde Eleja clarified that the arraignment followed investigations initiated five years ago. He emphasized Ahmed’s cooperation with the EFCC, including his most recent surrender, and argued for bail based on this precedent. He also noted the court’s decision to expedite the trial.

This development marks a significant step in the legal proceedings against the former governor. While he awaits trial, the stringent bail conditions and accelerated hearing schedule suggest a swift and potentially complex legal battle ahead.

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