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Goodluck Jonathan Court orders EFCC to release GEJ's cousin who is detained over $40m scam

In his ruling, Justice Goodluck held that the Robert's detention by the EFCC for over two weeks is unconstitutional.

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Justice Olasunbo Goodluck of an Abuja High Court has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release on bail Mr. Azibaola Robert, who is said to be a cousin to former president Goodluck Jonathan.

In his ruling on Thursday, April 7, Justice Goodluck held that the applicant’s detention by the EFCC for over two weeks is unconstitutional.

The judge who ruled on the ex parte application filed by Robert ordered that the bail should be guaranteed by two sureties.

According his ruling, each of the sureties must be a serving or retired Director in any of the Federal Government’s ministries or parastatal and must be resident within Abuja.

The applicant was also ordered to deposit his passport to the Chief Registrar of the court.

Pulse recalls that the EFCC arrested Robert on March 23, 2016, over an alleged diversion of $40m through a firm, One-Plus Holdings, which is a sister company of Kakatar Construction and Engineering Company Limited, through an alleged phoney contract of securing oil pipelines.

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Robert reportedly received the money from the embattled National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), who is also being prosecuted for diversion of funds allegedly meant for procurement of arms to fight insurgency.

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