Thursday, February 21, 2008

Igbenidion gets freedom

Former Edo State governor, Chief Lucky Igbinedion was finally released from detention in the early hours of Wednesday after he fulfilled his amended bail conditions as stipulated by an Enugu Federal High Court.

Igbinedion’s release, which is coming after about three weeks incarceration in the EFCC custody, was sequel to a production warrant issued to the EFCC by the Federal High Court, Enugu, asking EFCC to produce the former governor to enable him sign his bail bond.

Following the warrant, Igbinedion, who is standing trials on allegations of fraud while in office, and who was dressed in an all white brocade was brought to the court in a black Camry car at about 10.30am to finalize his bail processes.

Chief Igbinedion, who had initially planned to travel back to his state on Tuesday, was forced to serve one more day in detention as he failed to fulfill his amended bail conditions.

The Federal High Court, Enugu, presided over by Justice Olayinka Faji had on Monday, amended four of the 16 initial bail conditions it handed down to Igbinedion following an application for amendment filed by counsel to the accused, Mr. Abdullahi Ibrahim (SAN).

One of the amended conditions directed Igbinedion to get a reliable statesman and not necessarily the Head of Service of the federation as a surety, adding that the fulfillment of the conditions should be verified and confirmed in writing by the court instead of the EFCC.

It would be recalled that Igbinedion, who has refused to speak to the press since his arraignment in Enugu allegedly embarked on hunger strike last week to protest his stringent bail conditions.
Igbinedion was arraigned last month on a 147-count charge bordering on money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds.

Culled from sunnewsonline

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