An Abuja-based software developer, Felix John Ella, has been arraigned sooner than a Federal High Court in Abuja on money laundering charges involving N3.7 million.
He was slammed with charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a authorized value marked FHC/ABJ/CR/123/2022.
Ella, who’s the Chief Executive Officer of Johnfelix IT Company, was talked about to have used electronics reward, Apple and Visa financial institution playing cards to amass N3,758,960 by the use of United Bank of Africa (UBA) account amount 2159267033.
The offence, reverse to Section 33 of the Cybercrime Prohibition Act 2015, was reportedly devoted on January 12, 2022.
However, when the price signed by one Ramia Ikhanaede of the EFCC Legal Department was be taught, the defendant pleaded not accountable to the 2-count value.
His lawyer, Emmanuel Chinedu, however, prayed to the trial resolve, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo, to admit his shopper to bail for quite a few causes.
Among others, he promised that the defendant would not soar bail or compromise any of the witnesses of the anti-graft firm.
Chinedu moreover drew the attention of the Judge to the influence that the alleged offence is a bailable one, having not been a capital offence and that the defendant would go for a speedy trial to determine his innocence.
In a brief ruling, Justice Ekwo admitted the IT Consultant to bail throughout the sum of N2 million and a surety throughout the like sum.
The surety ought to, however, be a landed property proprietor in Abuja with a title deed whose genuine needs to be deposited with the courtroom docket for the interval of trial.
Justice Ekwo moreover ordered that the surety drop his worldwide travelling passport with the courtroom docket and shall not journey out of Nigeria with out the permission of the courtroom docket.
Similarly, the Judge ordered that the defendant shall not journey out of Abuja all by means of the trial.
Pending the perfection of the bail circumstances, Justice Ekwo ordered that the defendant be saved at Kuje jail in Abuja.
Meanwhile, the full-blown trial has been mounted for February 6, 7 and eight subsequent 12 months.