An Abuja High Court at Maitama, on Friday, declined to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to release the former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, who has been in its custody since July 3, on bail. The court was presided over by Justice Olukayode Adeniyi. Omisore who was alleged to have received about N1.3billion from the detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, retd, failed to persuade the court to order his release pending when a charge is formally entered against him by the anti-graft agency. While refusing the bail request as “premature and incompetent”, Justice Adeniyi said the continued detention of the applicant in EFCC custody was in line with a subsisting court order. The Judge said there was evidence that the anti-graft agency duly secured a remand order that permitted it to detain the applicant for 14 days pending the conclusion of investigation into allegations against him. He maintained that Omisore ought to have waited till the expiration of the period before approaching the court with the bail application. Besides, Justice Adeniyi who noted that sections 293, 294 and 296 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, permits EFCC to renew the remand order for another 14 days if circumstances warrant so, said Omisore’s application was an invitation for his court to vacate an order by another court of the same coordinate jurisdiction.
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