The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has opposed the bail granted to an alleged fraudster, Emeka Anaga, who is standing trial before Justice Phoebe Ayua of a Federal High Court, Abakaliki, on a six-count charge bordering on employment scam.
Anaga is also facing armed robbery charges before Justice Olughu Nnachi in addition, to being investigated on seperate allegations of forgery and obtaining money by false pretence.
Arguing against the bail granted Anaga, counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Ajobiewe, on January 22, 2019 told the court that since his arraignment on November 29, 2018, the defendant has “not only consistently threatened EFCC witnesses who are to give evidence in his ongoing trial at the Federal High Court, but was found to have been walking freely in the streets of Abakaliki despite being charged for armed robbery”.
Ajobiewe also decried the very lenient terms of bail granted the defendant and reminded the Court that “despite the magistrate’s order for Anaga to be remanded in prison custody at Abakaliki Prison, pending the assignment of his case to a high court, he mysteriously vanished from prison until his arrest for the present offence”.
The judge had earlier granted Anaga bail in the sum of N800, 000 and one surety in like sum who must either be in federal or state civil service and not less than level 8 or an owner of a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.
The case has been adjourned to February 20, 2019 for trial.