By Salisu Maradun
Gusau—Thousands of people, mainly teachers, last weekend stormed the premises of the Federal High Court, Gusau, Zamfara State, to witness the trial of the former chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Alhaji Murtala Jangebe, who was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Jangebe was arraigned before a Federal High Court in Gusau, following his subsequent arrest by the EFCC who invited him to their office but he refused to honour the invitation. Presenting the case at the court, the counsel representing the EFCC, Mr Mohammed Sadisu Abubakar, said Jangebe was slammed a 10-count charge involving money laundering and possessing of illegal money.
There was a hot debate between the counsel to the EFCC, Abubakar and that of the accused person, Shaka, on whether or not to grant bail to the accused person. The EFCC lawyer prayed the court not to grant bail to the accused person so that he could easily be accessed and be brought to court whenever there was need for it.
According to him, the suspect may run away if granted bail. The presiding judge, Justice Zainab Abubakar, however, granted the accused bail in the sum of N5 million and while his surety must be a senior civil servant above grade level 12 as well as certificate of occupancy of a house in the state capital. The suspect was also ordered to surrender his international passport.