EFCC re-arrests Elumelu, Ugbane

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday re-arrested the Chairman, House Committee on Power and steel, Ndudi Elumelu and his Senate counterpart, Nicholas Ugbane as they stepped out of Kuje prison after meeting bail stringent bail terms. Also arrested along with them were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Dr. Abdulahi Aliyu, Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency, Samuel Gekpe and six others immediately after their release from the FCT prison town. The accused persons are on trial for allegedly defrauding the government of N5.2 billion rural electricity project fund.Justce Adebukola Banjoko on June1 granted them bail but they all remained in prison custody for failing to meet bail conditions. They were however released yesterday following the confirmation of the authenticity of a signed document by the Judge.But he anti graft agency on Tuesday filed 158 fresh charges at another A Federal High Court. Abuja for alleged money laundering offences and embezzlement of funds. Counsel to Elumelu, Lateef Fagbemi [SAN], denounced the arrest. “This government talks of rule of law. Rule of law is not a question of many speeches; rather it is measured by the actions of government. Are the actions of government and its agents consistent with its speeches or antithetical to them? I would say the latter is the answer. After admitting the accused persons to bail, EFCC decided to file fresh charges at the Federal High Court on the same facts and offences for which a court of co-ordinate jurisdiction had admitted them to bail. The plot was all in a bid to frustrate persons who are deemed by the constitution to be innocent until proven guilty”, he said. The other accused persons are the Simon Nanle, Lawrence Orekoya, Abdulsamad Jahun, Kayode Oyedeji, Igwe Paulinus and Jibo Mohammed.