…Court to hear bail application today

A former Chief of Naval Staff (CONS), Vice Admiral Usman O. Jibrin was arraigned Tuesday before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja over alleged N600million fraud.

Jibrin was arraigned with Rear Admiral Bala Mshelia (rtd), Rear Admiral Shehu Ahmadu (rtd) and a firm, Habour Bay International Limited on a 4-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

They were said to have, while in office, bought a house worth N600million from the account of Naval Engineering Services without the said purchase contract being captured in the budget.

The prosecution also alleged among others, that the documentation for transfer of ownership of the property was done such that a private company owned by the family of the first defendant (Vice Admiral Jubrin) became the buyer.

The offence, the prosecution said, is in contravention of Section 26 (1) (b) and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence Act 2000.

Jibrin, Msheilia and Ahmadu pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.

Shortly after their plea was taken, prosecution lawyer, Abdullah Faruk sought a date for the commencement of trial.

Defence lawyer, Yakubu Maikyau (SAN) informed the court about the bail application he filed for the defendant, a copy of which he had served the prosecution.

Trial judge, Justice A. S. Umar adjourned to Wednesday for the hearing of the bail application.

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