P&ID: Court dis­misses Bri­ton’s re­quest for bail con­di­tion vari­a­tion

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Ade Ade­s­o­moju, Abuja

THE Fed­eral High Court, Abuja, on Mon­day, dis­missed an ap­pli­ca­tion for re­duc­tion of bail con­di­tions im­posed on a Bri­tish na­tional, James Nolan, who is be­ing pros­e­cuted on charges bor­der­ing on the ac­tiv­i­ties of a for­eign firm, Process and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment.

Jus­tice Okon Abang dis­missed the ap­pli­ca­tion for lack­ing in merit, not­ing that the de­fen­dant failed to re­spond to se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions by the pros­e­cu­tion that he forged res­i­dent per­mit and would jump bail if granted bail.

The judge said he took a risk in grant­ing the de­fen­dant bail, adding that he was sur­prised that the Bri­tish na­tional made no at­tempt to ful­fill the bail con­di­tions.

He held that there was no ev­i­dence to show that Nolan reached out to a se­na­tor to stand as a surety as or­dered by the court and that the se­na­tor turned him down.

Jus­tice Abang had on Novem­ber 7, 2019 granted bail to Nolan in the sum of N500m with a surety, who must be a serv­ing Nige­rian se­na­tor not stand­ing any crim­i­nal trial in any court in Nige­ria.

The judge added that the surety must have fully de­vel­oped landed prop­erty in Maitama area of Abuja.

He said the prop­erty must be duly cer­ti­fied by the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

He also ruled that the surety must be ready to un­der­take in writ­ing to ac­com­pany the de­fen­dant to court be seen with de­fen­dant at ev­ery hear­ing date.

Jus­tice Abang also di­rected that the surety must sub­mit tax cer­tifi­cate for the three pre­vi­ous years.

The de­fen­dant is ex­pected to sub­mit pass­port to the court. also his

P&ID re­cently got an award of $9.6bn against Nige­ria in Lon­don, the United King­dom.

The Nige­rian is bat­tling to have the award of the hu­mon­gous award against it set aside at the Lon­don court.

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion had on Oc­to­ber 21, 2019, ar­raigned ar­raigned Nolan, on 16 counts bor­der­ing on money laun­der­ing, tax eva­sion, forgery of im­mi­gra­tion doc­u­ments, among oth­ers.

The com­mis­sion al­leged that Nolan was a sig­na­tory to P&ID’S ac­counts,

Nolan had through his team of lawyers had filed an ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore the court urg­ing the judge to vary the bail con­di­tions on the grounds that he could not pro­vide a se­na­tor as a surety

The judge on Mon­day dis­missed the ap­pli­ca­tion as lack­ing in merit and ad­journed till De­cem­ber 10 for trial.

•L-R Chair­man, La­gos State Health Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, Dr Adeg­boyega Aderiye; Com­mis­sioner, Min­istry of Home Af­fairs, Mrs Uza­mat Yus­suf; and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Home Af­fairs, Mrs El­iz­a­beth Adekanye, dur­ing the Sun­day Ser­vice held for Pil­grims in West Jerusalem, Is­rael… on Sun­day. Photo: La­gos State Chris­tian Pil­grims Wel­fare Board

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