An FCT High Court on Wednesday admitted former Gov. Ikedioha Ohakim of Imo to bail in the sum of N10 million.
The Inspector-General of Police charged Ohakim with three counts bordering on giving false information to the police.
Ohakim pleaded not guilty to the charge read to him.
Delivering a ruling, Justice Samira Bature of the FCT High Court held that the grant of the bail was at the discretion of the court.
“The defendant is hereby admitted to bail in the sum of N10 million, with one surety in like sum.
“The surety shall be a reputable person in the society with fixed address in the court’s jurisdiction,” she held.
“The former governor is, however, directed not to interfere with the prosecution or its witnesses; failure of which his bail will be revoked,” she warned.
The judge adjourned the matter until Jan. 25, 2021.
Earlier, Ohakim’s counsel, K.C.O Njemanze, SAN, moved a motion on notice, seeking the bail of the defendant, pursuant to Sections 158 and 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015 and Section 35 (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said that the offence which Ohakim was charged with was a bailable offence.
Njemanze assured the court that the defendant was ready to produce reasonable sureties if the court would not grant him bail in his self-recognition as a former state governor.
The prosecution counsel, Stanley Nwodo, however, opposed the bail application, saying that Ohakim had failed to honour several police invitations in the course of investigations.
He also said that there were several warrants of arrest issued against him.
Nwodo, however, conceded that although the charge against Ohakim was a bailable one, the bail was not absolute, adding that it was the duty of the prosecution to guide the court in granting bail.
He told the court that the defendant had the capacity to interfere with the course of justice.
“The prosecution is concerned about the antecedents of the defendant,” he said.
He, therefore, urged the court to handle the bail application with caution.