Drama as Coronavirus scare facilitates ex-HoS Oyo-Ita bail

The immediate past Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita was Monday granted bail in the sum of N100 million with two sureties in like sum.

The Economics and Financial Commission (EFCC) arraigned the former HOS alongside her special assistant, Ubong Effiok; Frontline Ace Global Services Limited; Asanaya Projects Ltd; Garba Umar and his companies, Slopes International Ltd and Gooddeal Investments Ltd.

Ita-Eyo was accused of fraud in relation to DTA, estacodes, conference fees and receiving kickbacks on contracts.

She was subsequently arraigned by the graft agency on an 18-count charge before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The bail came after an oral application was moved by their counsel.

However, while ruling on the bail application, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court held that he granted bail to the defendants because of the Coronavirus pandemic and their presumption of innocence.

She said, “The Coronavirus pandemic is something that must be on the minds of all of us. Social distancing is being preached, I shall, therefore, grant bail to the defendants not only based on coronavirus but also on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act,” he said

While Oyo Ita was granted a N100m bail with two sureties in like sum, the other defendants were granted N50m bail and two sureties in like sum.

The former HOS was arrested in 2019 and released on administrative bail after spending four days in EFCC custody.

She was subsequently sacked in September after about N600 million was allegedly found in the bank account of her aide.

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