Having spent thirty nine days at Kuje Maximum prison, a Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, granted bail to the former Director of Pension Accounts in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, OHCSF, Dr Sani Teidi Shaibu, to the tune of N500 million.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola further directed the ex-pension boss who was simply said to own connived with a former manager with the defunct Oceanic Bank Plc, Mr Udusegbe Omoefe Eric, and diverted about N5 billion designed for pensioners across the federation, to make two sureties in like sum..
Likewise, the court also released his alleged accomplice, Eric, on a single bail terms, stressing that the sureties should be owners of landed property with the jurisdiction of the court. Besides, the sureties are to deposit the title deeds of the property with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court.
Based on the judge, "The accused persons should equally deposit their travelling documents with the court registrar and mustn't travel without the permission of the court. If the travelling passports already are with the court, they must be used in the registrar with this court."
Before adjourning hearing on the substantive case against them till October 23, Justice Adeniyi directed that in the case the accused persons fail to meet up the conditions upon which these were granted bail yesterday, they must be returned to Kuje prison.
It is going to be recalled that the court had earlier suspended ruling on the bail application indefinitely sequel to a petition the ex-pension boss wrote from the presiding judge. Teidi, who was simply said to own acted without the consent of his lawyer, wrote the Chief Judge of the High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, accusing the trial judge of deliberately allowing him to stay in prison custody despite he had filed his application for bail.
It had been the contention of the accused individual that the judge had on several occasions thwarted efforts by his legal team to secure his release.
Consequent upon the petition, Justice Adeniyi adjourned the case in order to answer to react to the petition as he was directed to do by the CJ.