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Ex-NSITF boss, Olejeme, granted bail after night in EFCC custody

JUSTICE Maryam Hassan Aliyu of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, today, admitted ex-Chairman of the Board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr Ngozi Olejeme, to bail after spending the night in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Olejeme is standing trial in an alleged N3 billion fraud charge brought against her by the Federal Government.

She was yesterday arraigned before the judge during which she denied committing the offences and was ordered to be remanded in EFCC custody pending her bail application.

Ruling on her bail application, the judge adopted the administrative bail conditions earlier set by the anti-graft agency to admit the defendant to the court bail.

The bail granted her by EFCC through two sureties who are Deputy Directors was ordered by the judge to be continued.

However, Justice Maryam Hassan Aliyu ordered that her traveling passport must be deposited with the Registrar.

The judge subsequently fixed November 8 for the trial of the offenses brought against her.

Olejeme was arraigned on a nine-count charge bordering on abuse of office, bribery and award of contracts without due process among others

Her lawyer, Chief Paul Erokoro (SAN), had applied for bail, which the prosecuting lawyer, Steve Odiase, did not oppose but insisted that she must be granted conditional bail, requiring that she presents a surety.

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