Three individuals, who are allegedly involved in defrauding the Central Bank of Nigeria to the tune of N8billion have been refused bail.
The accused, Olaniran Adeola, Togun Philip and Oyebanji Akeem and five others were arraigned in June 2015 for conspiracy, forgery, and stealing but were denied opportunity for bail on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
Olalekan Ojo, the defence counsel, had applied for the bail of the accused persons in liberal terms but Adebisi Adeniyi, the counsel to the EFCC, opposed the applications, citing the nature of the offence as a reason for the gravity of the punishment to be meted out on the accused.
In her ruling, Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek, said “I have considered the severity of the punishment which is 21 years in prison, if convicted in this ruling.
“Consequently, the application for bail by the three accused persons is hereby denied, refused and dismissed,” the judge said.
Justice Abdulmaleek, however, adjourned the case till November 3, 2016.