Court Remands Bankole in EFCC Custody

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The judge said he should remain with the anti-graft agency till 12pm on Friday when his formal bail application will be heard and determined.

Bankole who was ushered into the High Court premises by stern looking operatives of the EFCC at exactly 8:45 am today, pleaded not guilty to the entire 16-count criminal charge that was preferred against him.

Frantic efforts by a team of four Senior Advocates of Nigeria who represented him in court today, to secure his immediate release from the EFCC custody proved abortive following a stiff opposition by the prosecuting counsel, Mr Festus Keyamo, who maintained that the commission had uncovered subterranean moves by the accused person to flee the country.

Consequent upon EFCC’s objection, trial Justice Okorowo ordered the lead defence counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, to file a formal bail application today before hearing on Friday.

Bankole who was clad in White Agbada, a matching cap and black sandals, was subsequently whisked away by stern looking security operatives, in a white coaster bus marked ABUJA-BR- 739- BWR.

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