EFCC grants Abati bail, holds on to former ministers

Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, has been granted administrative bail by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Abati was arrested on Monday for allegedly receiving some money from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who is standing trial over misappropriation of arm funds.

Source in the EFCC, however, confirmed that Abati was granted administrative bail by the commission on Wednesday.

He is expected to produce a service director in the Federal Civil Service as surety and drop his passport among other conditions.

The popular columnist could not immediately meet the bail conditions and was still with the EFCC as at Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, the anti-graft agency has secured a court warrant to hold on to former Federal Capital Territory Minister, Bala Mohammed, for further interrogation.

Also in the EFCC custody are former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, and former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, visited the detainees, who are all Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart, in detention on Thursday.