Yero’s Case Adjourned Till June 6
Mukhtar Yero, a former governor of Kaduna State, and three others, have been remanded in prison by a Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna.
The remand order was given by Justice Mohammed Shuaibu on Thursday, following the arraignment of the defendants by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Mr Yero and the other defendants were charged with four counts bordering on money laundering, criminal conspiracy, misappropriation of public fund, and breach of trust.
Others charged alongside the former governor are a former Minister of State for Power, Nuhu Wya; a former Secretary to Kaduna State government, Hamza Ishaq; and a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna, Haruna Gaya.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them.
Yunus Ustaz, counsel to Mr Yero, subsequently made an oral application for the bail of his client or still be remanded in EFCC custody.
His oral application was, however, opposed by the EFCC counsel Joshua Saidi who insisted that the four accused persons be taken to prison, as the Commission does not have enough detention facility to accommodate them.
Justice Shuaibu after listening to the argument of both sides agreed with the submission of the prosecuting counsel and, therefore, asked the defence counsel to file a written application for bail.
He also ordered that the four accused persons be remanded in prison custody till the next sitting, therafter the case was then adjourned till June 6, for ruling on the bail application.
Meanwhile, some purported supporters of the embattled former governor have protested against the ruling of the court, they gathered in front of the court premises in solidarity with Mr Yero whom they claimed was innocent of all the allegations levelled against him.
The EFCC had invited Mr Yero, Mr Ishaq and Mr Gaya on Friday last week over the alleged mismanagement of N750 million campaign funds.
They were asked to explain the various roles they played in the distribution of the campaign fund meant for the state in the buildup to the 2015 general elections.