While taking his plea, the accused pleaded not guilty on all counts of the six count charge preferred against him by the EFCC.
In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel Barrister F. A. I. Asemebor, then prayed the court to adjourn for the prosecution to open its case, “my lord, I humbly pray the court to adjourn for the prosecution to open our case for trial to commence fully” said Asemebor.
But the Defense Counsel Barrister Nnaemeka Eze quickly sought the permission of the court to move his motion for bail for the accused person, a plea which he hinged on the premise that the offence was a bailable one.
Asemebor immediately informed the court that the prosecution had filed a 14 paged counter affidavit dated January 31, 2017, and filed same day. According to him, EFCC in compliance to the rules of the court, had also filed a written address countering the motion on bail.
After listening to both counsels, the presiding Judge, Justice Dugbo-Oghoghorie, admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira only), and a surety who must be a level 9 civil servant with Enugu state with evidence of employment. The court then adjourned to April 27, 2017, for the commencement of full trial.