Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman remanded in prison : Nigeria
A Minna High Court on Monday remanded the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman in Niger State, Barr. Tanko Beji, in prison.
Beji is arraigned on a one-count charge of aiding and abetting former governor of the state, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, who is also standing trial.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Beji, Aliyu and Umar Nasko and made the PDP chairman the second accused person in the ex-governor’s trial.
Beji served as Director General of Aliyu’s campaign organisation when the ex-governor was vying for the second term in office.
He will remain in prison till Friday when the High Court Judge, Justice Aliyu Maiyaki, will rule on his bail application.
The counsel to the accused, Olajide Ayodele, urged the court to release his client on bail.
Ayodele said: “He is a well- known person in the state and the legal profession as such cannot jump bail.”
The counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Gbolahan Latona, opposed the application, saying the offence for which the PDP chairman was charged was not bailable by virtue of section 341 sub section 2 of the criminal procedure code.
Justice Maiyaki also ruled that the court has jurisdiction to hear the case