Ex-Diamond Bank staff, other get N20m bail in $1m fraud case

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Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on Monday, admitted the one Sada Adamu and Babatunde Faro, an employee of Diamond Bank Plc to bail on a 4-count of money laundering preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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Arraigned on Friday, November 11, 2016, Adamu was alleged to have made cash payment of $1 million being an amount exceeding the stipulated N5 million threshold payable cash by an individual according to law, to Faro. The offence is a breach of Section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15 (2) (b) of the same Act.

Moving the bail application today, W. Y. Maman and W. T. Iorshe representing Adamu and Faro respectively, prayed the court to grant the accused persons bail on liberal terms adding that they would always be available for trial.

However, Ugwuebulam stated that the offences border on money laundering and other financial transactions without licenses. He urged the court to exercise its discretion judicially and judiciously.

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In his ruling, Justice Dimgba admitted the accused persons to bail in the sum of N10 million each with two sureties in like sum. The money is to be forfeited to the Federal Government in the event the defendants abscond. The sureties, who must be civil servants must not below GL 13 and must own properties in the FCT or in the satellite towns in Lagos. The defendants must also deposit their travel documents with the court registrar.

Meanwhile, the defendants are to be remanded in Kuje prison custody until their bail terms are met while the case has been adjourned to January 23 and 24, 2017 for hearing.

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