Bolarinwa Abiodun, a self-styled army general accused of defrauding two corporations of N266 million, had his bail plea refused by the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday.
Mr Abiodun pleaded not guilty to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s 13-count allegation against him (EFCC).
The offense includes acquiring money under false pretenses, forging documents, and possession of documents with false pretenses on them.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, in her ruling on Monday, denied the defendant’s bail application and granted him an accelerated hearing of the case.
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“The defendant did not challenge the averment of the counter-affidavit and the further affidavit of the prosecution.
“I am, therefore, in agreement with the prosecution that the defendant constitutes a flight risk.
“Although the offences against the defendant are bailable offences, I am inclined to refuse the application for bail and order an accelerated hearing.
“Thus the bail application is refused and the defendant is to remain in prison custody, and accelerated hearing is hereby ordered,” she ruled.
On April 11, the defendant’s lawyer, Kayode Lawal, sought that the court gives his client bail, stating that the defendant had already supplied a surety as requested by the EFCC.
The EFCC’s prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, contested the bail motion, arguing that the circumstances required the court to exercise judicial discretion against the army general accused of defrauding two corporations of N266 million.
He said that the defendant failed to respond to the prosecution’s case.
Mr. Oyedepo pleaded with the court to deny the bail application.
According to the prosecution, the defendant reportedly fabricated a letter of appointment as Chief of Army Staff dated May 20, 2020, and claimed it came from the president.
The defendant was also accused of forging a Nigerian Army Identity Card with serial number 387140.
A falsified certificate of confirmation, dated November 7, 2018, purporting to have come from the Nigerian Army Headquarters was also said to be in the possession of the defendant.