The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office, on Thursday, May 2, 2019, arraigned four officials of the Kwara State Government, before Justice Babangana Ashigar of a Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on a two-count charge bordering on money laundering.
Those arraigned include: Abubakar Ishiak, Permanent Secretary; Shina Mudasir Akorede, Director of Administration and Finance; Rasaq Momonu, Controller Finance and Account, and Hafees Yusuf, Cashier.
They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
Based on their plea, prosecuting counsel, Christopher Mschelia, prayed the court for a date for trial to commence as the EFCC was prepared to prove its case against them.
“We are asking your lordship to order that they should be remanded in prison,” Mschelia added.
Abdulwahab Bamidele, a Lead defence counsel, however, made an oral application for bail.
But Mschelia urged the Court not to grant the request, insisting that “the substantive bail application is not ripe for hearing”.