Alleged bribe: Ex-HOS Oyo-Ita arraigned, gets N100m bail

Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita , Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita , Former Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

Former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on charges of bribery.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) brought the 18-count charges against the ex-Boss and two other individuals and seven companies.

The defendants are: Garba Umar and Ubong Okon Effiok, while the companies are: Frontline Ace Global Services Ltd, Asanaya Projects Ltd, Slopes International Ltd, Good deal Investment Ltd, Ubong Okon Effiok, U&U Global Services Ltd and Prince Mega Logistics Ltd.

In one of the counts, the EFCC accused Frontline Ace Global Services Ltd with disguising the genuine ownership of N20m paid by the Fededal Ministry of Power into the Zenith Bank account with number 1011518656, which breached the provisions of Section 14(1) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act  2004.

Meanwhile, Justice Taiwo Taiwo has granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N100m and two sureties in like sum.

The judge said one of the sureties must be a civil servant in any of the federal government ministries or agencies and must be of not less than Grade Level 17.

The judge also ruled that one of the sureties must own a property worth N100m in the Abuja metropolis, and must depose to an affidavit of means.

The judge said apart from the provisions of the law that the defendants are entitled to bail until proven guilty, the Coronavirus pandemic and the need to maintain social distancing, is one of the major reasons for granting bail.

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