The Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja,
yesterday granted Shamsudeen Bala, son of
former Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
Minister, Bala Mohammed, bail in the sum of
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba also ordered Bala to
produced two sureties in the sum of N50
million each, as part of the bail condition.
The defendant is also to deposit his
international passport with the court and
must not travel without the permission of
The Judge further ordered that the defendant
should remain in prison custody until he
perfects his bail condition.
The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) arraigned Shamsudeen,
alongside four other companies, on February
1 on a 15-count charge, bordering on money
laundering to the tune of N1.1 billion.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was
remanded in prison custody, pending the
ruling on his bail application.
At the resumed hearing, Justice Dimgba said
he was disposed to granting him bail since
the offences he was accused of were bailable,
as the court had consistently held that every
citizen brought before it was presumed
innocent until proven otherwise and as such
entitled to bail.
The Judge added that the prosecution had
failed to prove that the defendant was a
flight risk, saying: “A sufficient case has not
been made by the prosecution to show that
the defendant will jump bail or commit
another offence if released on bail.”
He also noted that the charge preferred
against the defendant was silent on whether
the N1.1 billion in question originated from
a private or public account or was part of
The prosecutor, Larry Aso, had opposed the
bail application on the grounds that the
defendant had refused to provide the EFCC
with his bio-data and fingerprints.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN), Aso told the court that this was
indicative of the fact that his character was
not to be trusted, as he was likely to frustrate
the trial and jump bail if granted.
The matter was adjourned till March 27 and
28, this year for hearing.
Shamsudeen was arraigned, together with
four companies- Bird Trust Agro Allied Ltd,
Intertrans Global Logistics Ltd, Diakin
Telecommunications Ltd and Bal-Vac Mining