Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ex-Customs boss arraigned for alleged N3bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned Bridget Okafor, a former Assistant Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs on a 13-count charge bordering on abuse of office to the tune of N3,336,176,661.24.

He was arraigned before Justice Venchak S. Gaba of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Kwali.

She pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

Counsel for the EFCC, Francis Jirbo, thereafter, asked the court for a date for commencement of trial, in order to enable the prosecution present its witnesses.


Defence counsel, Efut Okoi, however, informed the Court of a pending application before the court seeking bail for the defendant.

Arguing the application for bail, Okoi, said: “The defendant has never been arraigned before any court for any alleged offence throughout her 35 years of service and she was also granted bail by the prosecution. She is a mother and a wife, hence she cannot jump bail.”

Okoi, thus, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail on liberal terms.

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