An FCT High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Bala Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Mohammed, a minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan, had been in the custody of the EFCC since Oct. 21 following public petitions against him. He filed a motion on Notice on Nov. 16 before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf for enforcement of his fundamental right which he said EFCC had violated.
Baba-Yusuf said the bail was granted according to the provisions of sections 165 and 158 (b) of the Administration of Justice Act 2015.
The judge held that “the right to bail includes the right to fair hearing.“ The judge held that the applicant met the bail conditions given to him by the EFCC but EFCC failed to verify it. Baba-Yusuf granted the applicant bail in the same conditions as was given by EFCC without any amount.
He is, however, to produce two sureties of the rank of directors in federal civil service who must have certified landed properties in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC). He also ordered that the applicant should deposit his international passport in the court.
Baba-Yusuf fixed Dec. 14 to hear the substantive case.