EFCC: Reuben Abati Still In Detention, Unable To Meet Bail Conditions
Reuben Abati Still In Detention: Mr. Reuben Abati, the former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Media, has been granted bail by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), five days after he was arrested.
Abati, a columnist, was apprehended by the anti-graft commission on Monday on allegations that he received N100 million from the former National Security Adviser, rtd Col. Sambo Dasuki.
He was subsequently released on Bail.
The bail conditions require that Abati should drop his international passport with the EFCC and produce a surety, who should not be below a deputy director on Level 16 in the civil service of the country.
However, there are strong indications that the ex-presidential spokesman is still in the EFCC custody because he is unable to satisfy his bail conditions.
Premium Times quoted a source within the anti-graft agency as saying on Friday that “he will be released when he meets his bail conditions.”
Also in the custody of the premier anti-graft agency is Bala Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, who was taken into custody shortly after Mr. Abati’s arrest on Monday.
However, it was gathered that Mohammed’s case is more complex.
It was learnt that he might not be granted bail anytime soon as the agency had procured a remand order from a court to hold him for a while.
Mohammed faces allegations of land racketeering which the EFCC said came in several petitions from citizens who dealt with him while he was a minister.