* To spend 64th birthday in prison
Efforts of the embattled former Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA) Chief Olabode George and five others to secure a temporary relief from the judgement of an Ikeja High court that jailed them over the NPA scam hit the rock today as the same court refused their request for bail pending appeal.
Justice Joseph Oyewole who handed down the two and half years jail term on October 26 over offences of inflation of contract, disobedience of lawful order and abuse of office also refused their application for bail on the ground that they failed to convince the court beyond reasonable doubt that they deserve to be set free temporarily.
By implication, Chief Bode George who expected to turn 64 years on November 21, 2009, may spent his next birthday at the prison custody.
Chief George, alongside Arc. Aminu Dabo, Captain OlusegunÂ Abidoye, Alhaji Abdullahi Aminu Tafida, Alhaji Zanna Maidaribe and Alhaji Sule Aliyu are currently serving two and half years jail terms in Kirikiri Maximum prison.
In the judgment of the trial court earlier, the court had sentenced them to 2 years each on 7 count-charge and 6 months each on another 28 count-charge. The sentences will however run concurrently which meansÂ they will spend only two and a half years in jail.
Others who were jailed alongside Chief Bode George include former Managing Director of the NPA, Architect Aminu Dabo, Captain Olusegun Abidoye, Alhaji Abdulahi Aminu Tafida, Alhaji Zanna Maideribe and Alhaji Sule Aliyu.
The appeal processesÂ filed at the registry of the Ikeja High Court, on October 28, by their counsel include notice of appeal and a motion asking the court to grant them temporary bail, pending the determination of the appeal.