An FCT High Court Maitama, on Monday, has granted bail to Philomina Chieshe, who was charged with missing N36 million belonging to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in the sum of N20 million.
Chieshe, a sales clerk with the examination board, was arraigned last Friday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside Samuel Sale Umoru, a state coordinator with JAMB.
Ruling in the bail application, Justice Peter Affen declared that bail was not about setting people free but to ensure that a defendant attends trial adding that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015 holds that bail be granted in the most liberal terms.
Justice Affen asked the defendant to produce two sureties in like sum, ordering that the sureties must have landed property in Abuja worth the value of the bail sum.
He further ordered the defendant’s counsel, Mark Feese, to put in writing the good characters of the sureties. He held that the court registrar would then verify the addresses of the sureties, while the defendant must drop her international passport with the court.
The Justice also ordered that pending when the defendant meets the bail conditions, she would be remanded at Suleja Prison.
Earlier, Feese prayed the court to admit his client to bail, arguing that contrary to the submissions of the prosecution, she was granted administrative bail by EFCC and did not jum bail.
Justice Affen adjourned the case until September 16, 2019 for commencement of trial.