The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered that Ikedi Ohakim, a former governor of Imo State, be remanded in EFCC custody, pending the hearing of his bail application on July 9.
Also, the court ordered that a former Adamawa Governor, Murtala Nyako, and his son, Abdulazzez, be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) pending the hearing of their bail application on July 10.
Nyako and his son were arraigned before Justice Evoh Chukwu, on charges bordering on money laundering, while Ohakim was arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Ademola for similar offences.
While Nyako and his son are to be remanded in custody till Friday when their bail application will be heard, Ohakim’s bail application will be heard on Thursday, July 9.
Nyako and his son who are facing 37 counts of money laundering amounting to about N40 billion pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.
Also, Ohakim pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge preferred against him.
Justice Ademola, after hearing an oral application for Ohakim’s bail by his counsel, Mr Chris Uche, (SAN), ordered that the defence counsel file and serve the prosecution with his response within 24 hours.
He also ordered that Ohakim be allowed access to his wife, Chioma and medication while in custody and be brought to court at 12 noon on Thursday.
EFCC counsel, Mr Festus Keyamo, had in his submission, had objected to the bail application for Ohakim on the ground that the ex-governor had refused to honour the commission’s several invitations.
Justice Chukwu, after hearing Nyakos’s counsel, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN) pleading for time to familiarise with the charges, ordered that the accused be remanded in EFCC custody till Friday.