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An Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Yusuf Halilu has granted bail to a former Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Benjamin Dikki.
Delivering a ruling on the defendant’s bail application, Justice Halilu on Wednesday held that granting bail is an exercise of the discretionary power of judges which must be done judicially and judiciously.
Justice Halilu stated that the offence Mr Dikki was charged with is not treason or one which carries a death sentence if found guilty.
He added that even if the sentence involves death, the court can still grant bail if sufficient materials are placed before it to enable it to exercise its discretion.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged Mr Dikki and his company, Kebna Studio and Communications Limited with four counts bordering on corruption and abuse of office.
The trial has been fixed for April 17, 2021.
Source: Channels TV