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JUST IN: Court grants ex-Jigawa gov, Turaki bail

Again, court remands ex-Jigawa gov, Saminu Turaki, in prison
Alhaji Saminu Turaki, former Governor of Jigawa State

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday granted bail to a former Governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, who was recently arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Justice Yusuf Halilu granted him bail on conditions which merely required him to submit his traveling documents to the registry of the court, produce “two reasonable sureties” who are residents in Abuja and sign a register to be opened at the EFCC office every two weeks.

The anti-graft agency produced the former governor in court on Thursday in compliance with an earlier order of the judge.

The EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, who had opposed Turaki’s request for bail, had informed the judge that the former governor was arrested at an event in Abuja on July 4, following an arrest warrant issued against the suspect about three years ago.

The lawyer explained that the Federal High Court in Dutse, Jigawa State, had issued the arrest warrant following the failure of the former governor to attend court to face trial for charges filed against him about five years ago. reports that Turaki was last week arrested by officials of the Economic and Financial  Crimes Commission, EFCC, at the launch of a book titled, ‘The First Regular Combatant: Brigadier General Zakariya Maimalari’, which was written by Haruna Paloma, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The event was well attended by eminent Nigerians including former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Moguno; the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai; and several others. reports that Turaki is being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly mismanaging Jigawa state’s funds while he in office as governor.

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