An America man, Marco Ramirez, who was detained in Kirikiri prison for allegedly defrauding three Nigerians of $565,000, was on Monday granted $250,000 bail by a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.
Ramirez was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on 16 counts bordering on obtaining money by false pretences and conspiracy to commit fraud which he pleaded not guilty to.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso said she was inclined to releasing the American on bail because prior to his first arraignment before the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja on April 8, he had been kept in the EFCC custody for about 130 days.
The judge also observed that the defendant was detained for another 10 days before his re-arraignment in Lagos on June 22.
Justice Oyefeso held, “It is at the discretion of the court to grant bail and having considered the nature of the offence, though not a capital offence but a very serious one, the defendant is hereby admitted to bail in the sum of $250, 000 or in its Naira equivalent.
“The defendant shall produce two sureties who must be resident in Lagos State. One of the sureties should be a director or a board member in a reputable company.
“The two sureties must have a landed property in a highbrow area of Lagos and shall present evidence of tax payment which must be verified by the Chief Registrar.
“Both sureties must show evidence of viable source of livelihood and shall swear an affidavit to prove same.
“The land, sea and air immigration must also be notified. The defendant must also report once a week to the EFCC office,” the judge said.
The judge thereafter, adjourned the matter till November 15 and 16, 2017 for continuation of trial.