Former Jigawa Governor, Saminu Turaki Released

The former governor of Jigawa State, Ibrahim Saminu Turaki has been released.

The Federal High Court Abuja had earlier this morning ordered that the former governor be released Immediately.

Turaki had filed a motion for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to be removed from the parties that will verify authenticity of the documents contained in the bail conditions.

Counsel to the former governor, Regina Okitie-Eboh complained that the EFCC has been delaying the verification processes even as the whole conditions have been fully complied with. The Presiding Judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba granted the motion in its entirety and ordered all parties to comply with immediate effect.

Saminu Turaki had been remanded at the Kuje Prison Abuja for more than a week after he has met his bail conditions.

It would be recalled that Justice Dimgba had on the 18th of July upon the former governor’s re arraignment, agreed with most of the release conditions earlier set by Justice Yusuf Haliru of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The judge also cautioned the EFCC on the need to always observe the rule of law and stressed that there is a presumption of innocence for an accused until proven guilty and proceeded to grant Saminu Turaki bail. The case was subsequently adjourned to September 19th 2017 for commencement of trial. Saminu Turaki was arrested by EFCC on the 4th of July at a book launch in Abuja and remained in EFCC custody.

On Thursday 13 July 2017, Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal High Court Abuja admitted him to bail but the commission refused to release him even after he had fulfilled the bail conditions.

Consequently, his lawyers proceeded to file contempt proceedings against the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu at the Federal High Court Abuja. The case was heard on Thursday, 20th July 2017 and adjourned to the 28th of September for commencement of trial.

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