A Former Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Ope Saraki has again been arraigned for Money Laundering by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Saraki, a Cousin to the immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki was arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin and Presided over by Justice Babangana Ashigar on a one count charge of money laundering.
The EFCC alleged that the Politician received the sum of eleven million naira from one Kunle Adimula while serving as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Kwara State which is contrary to money laundering prohibition act of 2011.
Saraki pleaded “not guilty” to the charge brought against him.
Prosecuting Counsel, Sesan Ola told the Presiding Judge the antigraft agency had applied for trial date to enable prosecution call its witnesses and prove its case against the accused Person.
Defence Lawyers led by Dr Joshua Olatoke San however told the Court although they were not opposing for trial date, but urged your the court to grant bail to the defendant pending the hearing and final determination of the case.
Dr Olatoke prayed the judicial body to take notice of the present challenges of Corona virus that is confronting the Country as it is only the living that can stand trial.
Ruling on the application, Justice Ashigar granted bail to the defendant in the sum of #10 million naira with two sureties in like sum and ordered that one of the sureties must resides within the jurisdiction of the Court, adding that Saraki should submit his travel documents to the Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court.
Meanwhile, the Judge added that the Kwara Politician should remain in EFCC Custody till he perfects his bail conditions.
Further hearing in the case has been adjourned till 15th of May.