Newsflash: Court turns down Bode George’s bail application

An Ikeja High Court, today, in Lagos has turned down the bail application filed by the former chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Chief Bode George and five other former members of the board of the authority who were convicted on October 26 by Justice Joseph Oyewole.

Olabode George 

Olabode George

Justice Oyewole found them guilty of the offences of inflation of contract, disobedience of lawful order and abuse of office.

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 processes  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.

Festus Keyamo representing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had opposed post-conviction bail for a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George.

The former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP was last Monday jailed, alongside five others by Justice Olubunmi Oyewole of the Ikeja Division of the High Court of Lagos State . George, however, on October 28, 2009 approached the court for a post-conviction bail due to alleged congestion of cases at the Court of Appeal.

He also said he needed bail on medical grounds pending the determination of his appeal by the Court of Appeal.
But the EFCC, through its counsel, Mr. Festus Keyamo, raised a 26-point objection in its written address and counter-affidavit.

For the full detail of EFCC objection see Bode George must remain in jail