Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, sitting at Maitama, had last Tuesday, granted bail to the Bauchi-born former minister while ruling on an application brought before the court by Senator Mohammed through his counsel, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), seeking to enforce his fundamental right to freedom. The judge had invoked the provisions of Sections 158 (b) and 165 of the Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJ) Act and directed that the former minister be granted bail on the same conditions earlier offered him by EFCC. The commission had earlier offered Mohammed administrative bail on the conditions that he produced two sureties of the rank of Director in Federal Civil Service, with certified land property in Abuja Municipal Area Council and the applicant to submit his international passport to the commission. According to Justice Baba-Yusuf, based on the evidence before the court, the former minister fulfilled the conditions but the commission refused to verify the sureties. Saturday Tribune gathered that officials of the legal department of the anti-corruption commission had refused to be served the court order when it was served on it on Thursday, saying that the court officials who brought it did so after close of work. It was learnt that when the court bailiff, simply identified as Mr Shaibu and another official, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, went to the commission’s head office at Wuse II in Abuja to serve the order, they were directed to the legal department at Maitama. A member of the former minister’s legal team, Barrister Onyeka Nwokolo, confirmed the development to Saturday Tribune, saying that the former minister was still with the commission despite being served with the court order granting him bail. He stated that the minister had no other choice that to go back to the court on Monday to enforce his right to liberty which was guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution. When Saturday Tribune contacted EFCC’s Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, to react to this, he stated that he was not aware of it as he was not in the office.]]>