The defendants, who are staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Osun State, were alleged to have conspired amongst themselves to receive a cash payment of N177.3 million from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, on the eve of the 2015 general election, without going through a financial institution.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.
In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Iheanacho Ekele, asked the court for a trial date and prayed that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.
The counsel to the defendants, Dapo Esan, informed the court of application for bail, which was filed today, and prayed the court for a short adjournment to argue the application.
He also urged the court to remand the defendants in EFCC custody on the grounds of ill health.
Consequently, Justice Obiozor adjourned the case to August 7 for hearing of the bail application and ordered the defendants to be remanded in Ikoyi prison.
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