Alleged money laundering: Lawmaker, 4 others remanded in Makurdi prison

– A federal high court in Makurdi, Benue state has ordered 5 persons to be remanded at the Makurdi prison

– One of those remanded is a member of the Benue state House of Assembly

– Those remanded are among the 52 persons indicted by the Justice Kpojime Commission of Inquiry that probed incomes and expenditures of the immediate past administration in Benue

A federal High Court in Makurdi, Benue state has ordered five persons indicted by the Justice Elizabeth Kpojime Commission of Inquiry to be remanded at the Makurdi Prison.

NAIJ.com gathered that one of those remanded is a member of the Benue state House of Assembly, Honorable Kester Kyenge.

Honourable Kyenge who represents Logo state constituency in the Benue state House of Assembly, was remanded alongside Mr David Sev-Av, Mr Andrew Ayande, Mr Terfa Bosua and Mr Alex Ogaba.

Governor Samuel Ortom set up the Justice Kpojime Commission of Inquiry to look into the activities of the immediate past administration. Photo credit: Terver Akase

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NAIJ.com checks revealed that they will remain in custody till Thursday, October 19, pending the consideration and determination of their bail application.

Justice Joseph Aneke gave the order on Friday, October 13 while ruling on a bail application brought before him by counsel to the accused, Mr. Andrew Wombo, praying the court to grant his clients bail using its discretion.

Justice Aneke faulted the bail application and asked the defense counsel to go back and look at it carefully in order not to jeopardize the integrity of the court.

Earlier, prosecution counsel, Kehinde Fagbemi, told the court that the accused persons were standing trial on corruption charges bordering on money laundering.

When the defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges brought against them, the prosecution counsel applied for a date to open her case against the defendants, even as she prayed the court to remand them in prison custody pending a date to be fixed for continuation of the matter.

While arguing on a bail application brought by the defense counsel, the prosecution counsel asked the court to use its discretion in considering the application.

Counsel to the defendants, Andrew Wombo, who did not object to the application by prosecution counsel, however objected to the prayer to remand them in prison custody, noting that they had been on administrative bail since 2016 but had not jumped bail conditions.

He said the accused persons had sworn through various affidavits that they would not breach the bail conditions.

NAIJ.com gathered that the accused persons were among the 52 persons indicted by the Justice Kpojime Commission of Inquiry that probed incomes and expenditures of the immediate past administration of Beneu state from May 30, 2007 to May 30, 2015.

Meanwhile, the Benue state government on Tuesday, October 10, said it will build six pivot ranches.

Col. Edwin Jando (rtd), the special adviser to the Benue state governor on security, disclosed the plan to build the ranches in Makurdi, at the end of a critical stakeholders meeting concerning the proposed anti-grazing law.

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Source: Naij.com