Court Grants Bail To Galaxy Transport MD

Funmi Lawrence


Justice Venchak Gaba of the High Court, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), sitting in Kwali Area Council, on Wednesday granted bail to the Managing Director of Galaxy Transport and Construction Services Ltd, Babagana Dalori, on the condition he signs a N5 million bond.

Delivering the ruling on the bail application filed by Counsel to Dalori, Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama (SAN), Gaba also ordered the managing director to submit his international passport to the court.

The judge also held that the defendant must provide two sureties with N5 million each; adding that one of the sureties must be resident in his personal house while the other must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.

According to him, the essence of the bail is to enable the defendant prepare adequately for his defence, adding that an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“I have gone through the processes before this court and all the provisions cited therein and when an accused person is arraigned before the court, he is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

“Bail issues are always at the discretion of the court and the essence of bail is to enable the defendant attend to proceedings and to enable him prepare adequately for his defence.

“In this light, I have exercised my discretion in granting the defendant bail in the sum of N5 million and two sureties in like some.

“The defendant is to deposit his international passport in the custody of the court,’’ he held.

Earlier, Gadzama (SAN) prayed the court to grant the defendant bail on liberal terms since he has never had any criminal record.

“The applicant has no criminal record. When the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) invited them, they submitted themselves voluntarily.

“If the application is granted, they will make themselves available for trial in the next adjourned date.

“The defendant submitted themselves since March 29 and has been in incarceration since then.

“He has never interfered with the investigation and he will never interfere with the investigation,’’ he said.

The EFCC arraigned the 35-year-old Dalori alongside his Galaxy Transport and Construction Company on a alleged one-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N10 million from one Abubakar Hajara.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, prompting the prosecuting counsel, Maryam Aminu Ahmed, to pray the court to remand the suspect in prison custody, pending the commencement of trial.

The one-count charge reads: “That you, Babagana Abba Dalori and Galaxy Transportation and Construction Services Limited, sometime in 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud.

“To obtain the sum of N10,000,000.00 from one Abubakar Hajara under the false pretence that the money would be invested in the business of buying and selling of special trip(s) of excavated sand.

“Which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

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