Court Orders Ex- Minister, 3 Others to Produce Passports For Bail

Yakubu Busari,Jos


A Federal High Court sitting in the Jos has ordered the former Minister of Water Resources ,Sarah Reng Ochekpe, Evangelist, Leo Sunday Jitong and former Acting Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Chairman, Raymond Dabo to produce their recent passport photographs including passports as conditions for bail term .

Justice Haruna Kurya gave this order during the Tuesday trial after an argument from the defendants Counsel, Barr. Sunday Oyawole protesting the reverse amended charge by the prosecution counsel, Barr. Ahamad Yakub Muntaka .

The prosecution counsel Barr. Muntaka earlier presented the amended charge of three count which read, ,”that you Sarah Rent Ochekpe ,Evangelist Leo Sunday Jitong and Raymond Dabo sometimes in March ,2015 at Jos, Plateau state of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court without going through the financial institution, did conspire amongst yourselves to accept cash payment of the sum of four hundred and fifty million Naira (N450,000,000.00) from one Annet Gyen ,Head of operations Jos branch of Fidelity bank PLC which sum exceeded the amount authorised  by law and thereby committed an offence contrary to the provision of section 18(a) section 16 (1) ,(d) of the money laundering prohibition act 2012 as amended and punishable under section 16 (2),(b) of the same act “.

However, the prosecution counsel Barr Muntaka revealed that his application dated 9th February, 2018 served on 13th February, 2018.

He said the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, has three principal witnesses who are ready to testify against   the three accused.

The case has been adjourned to Wednesday, February14, for continuation of hearing .