By: Valentine Adese,
A group under the aegis of Concerned Patriots in Plateau state has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for arraigning a former Minister for Water Resource, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, for alleged Money Laundering.
|MRS. SARAH OCHEKPE|
You would recall that a Federal High Court sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital has granted Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, bail, on personal recognition and that the bail bond should be signed by her lead Counsel, Sunny G. Odey (Esq), as second condition.
EFCC had slammed a two count charge on Hon. Sarah Ochekpe, Hon. Raymond Dabo (former Plateau State PDP Deputy Chairman) and one Mr. Leo Jatau, for alleged Money Laundering, amounting to about N450 million.
The Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Musa H. Kurya, who said this is the first time in his practice as a judge that he would see a Counsel signing a bail bond for an accused person, said his decision to grant the accused bail is based on the ground that the prosecution the EFCC is not opposing the bail applications. But, he however, warned that he would hold the Counsel, Odey (Esq) responsible since he does not know the defendants personally.
You would recall that Sunny G. Odey (Esq), who led other six Lawyers for the defence had drawn the attention of the Court to the bail applications personally deposed to be the defendants individually.
Hearing on the matter has been fixed for 13th and 14th February, 2018.