11th January, 2018
Justice Mairo Nasir of an FCT High Court on Thursday admitted Mrs Maimuna Aliyu, a former Executive Director, Aso Savings and Loans plc, accused of N57 million fraud while in office in the sum of N10 million.
Justice Nasir granted the defendant bail, following a formal application filed before the court by her lawyer, Mr Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN).
The Judge also granted the defendant bail with two sureties who must be residents within the jurisdiction of the court and must swear an affidavit means of livelihood.
Justice Nasir adjourned the matter until March 12 for the commencement of the hearing.
ICPC on Nov. 27, 2017, filled a three-count charge bordering on fraud against the defendant.
The defendant was not arraigned since charges were filed because she was a co-defendant with her daughter, Maryam Sanda in a murder case before another court in Jabi.
Maryam was alleged to have stabbed her husband to death, Mr Bilyaminu Haliru, the son of the former PDP Chairman, Dr Bello Haliru on Nov. 19.
ICPC counsel, Mr Akponimisingha Ekoi had earlier told the court that one of the charges of the fraud filed against the ex-Director was punishable under Section 19 of the ICPC Act 2000.
Ekoi said that the other offence was punishable under section 25(1a)(b) of the ICPC Act 2000 and section 312 of the Penal Code Act, CAP 532 Laws of the Northern Nigeria 1990.
He told the court to use its discretion in doing justice to the matter.
However, the defendant’s counsel, Gadzama, prayed the court to grant his client bail adding that all necessary document to that effect were already before the court.
He also told the court to see the defendant as innocent in accordance with the provisions of Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution.
Gadzama said that the defendant will not jump bail if granted and will provide all necessary requirement needed for the bail.