Is Turaki A Burkinabe?
Embattled former Governor of Plateau State, Chief Joshua Dariye, was this morning granted bail by the Federal High Court, Abuja, but he cannot go home yet because he has another matter hanging on his neck at the FCT High Court, Gudu, Abuja. Dariye, who is standing trial on money laundering and criminal concealment charges before Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, was granted bail in the sum of N100 million with two sureties. Each of the sureties must be a senator or/and a traditional ruler with landed properties in Abuja. Despite this, Dariye is to remain at the Kuje Prison as there is another 41-count charge of theft filed against him at the FCT High Court, Gudu, Abuja. The matter is being presided over by Justice Abimbola Banjoko. And in the matter concerning Alhaji Saminu Turaki former governor of Jigawa State, who is standing trial for alleged corrupt enrichment and criminal concealment at the Federal High Court, Abuja, his counsel, Ayodele Adedeji (SAN), this morning moved the motion for adoption of his bail application. In his argument, the counsel maintained that the offences for which the former governor was standing trial were bailable and that he should be granted bail. But the EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, opposed the application on the grounds that Turaki would likely jump bail because he holds multiple passports. Jacob argued that being a citizen of Nigeria and Burkina Fasso, Turaki could flee to Burkina Fasso to escape prosecution. The EFCC counsel pointed out to the judge the implications which granting Turaki bail would have on his trial. He said it would be injurious to the trial to grant Turaki his application for bail. Justice Binta Murtala Nyako adjourned till Friday, 27 July 2007 hearing in the bail application.