Friday, 31 March 2017


A Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, Thursday granted bail to the member representing Oron Federal Constituency in the National Assembly Mr. Nse Ekpenyong.

Ekpenyong who was arraigned by the EFCC on a nine count charge bothering on forgery and alteration of documents pleaded not guilty before the presiding Judge Ijeoma Ojukwu.

The defense Lawyer Samuel Isangedoho had cited numerous constitutional provisions to perfect Ekpenyong’s bail and promised that the lawmaker will make himself available whenever he is needed in court.

EFCC lawyer Ahmed Arogba had earlier opposed the bail application filed by the Defense counsel.

But Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu dismissed the opposition saying that reasons cited by the EFCC’s lawyer were not cogent enough to deny Nse Ekpenyong bail.

She thereafter granted the accused person bail and adjourned the matter to Wednesday, 12th April, 2017.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the bail granted on Nse Ekpenyong, EFCC’s lawyer  

Ahmedu Arogba confirmed the position of Justice Ojukwu that it was Nse Ekpenyong’s constitutional right to get bail and that he was just doing his job by opposing it.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker’s media Directorate has described as funny and irresponsibility the news going round some quarters that Nse Ekpenyong was remanded in EFCC custody.

In a statement Nse Ekpenyong’s media handlers say, it is the handiwork of politicians who sit in Abuja to cause mischief using a section of the bias media.

The statement called on the people of Oron Federal Constituency to ignore the tar brush of Ekpenyong’s remand in custody as it reflects the wishes of failed and jobless politicians.

The statement concludes that Nse Ekpenyong is receiving guests and friends in his Uyo residence.

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