Polish woman accused of N16.9m fraud jumps bail, EFCC tells court

The Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) on Monday told an Abuja High Court that a Polish suspect in a fraud case, Dora Gilmaska, had jumped the “administrative bail” granted her by the anti-graft agency in 2011.

The EFCC usually grants administrative bail, a sum of money in exchange for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person’s appearance for trial before an accused is arraigned before a competent court of law.

The anti-graft agency, through its counsel, Samuel Ugwuegbulam, informed Justice Abubakar Umar that Ms. Gilmaska had jumped bail and could not be properly arraigned.

Mr. Ugwuegbulam added that the accused, who was to be arraigned on a four-count charge of obtaining N16.9 million from one Tayo Olugbemi under false pretence, had “disappeared.”

Ms. Gilmaska, the Executive Officer of Icon Media and Marketing Agency Ltd, would also be charged with issuing a dud cheque of N16.9 million.

Mr. Ugwuegbulam requested for adjournment as the EFCC operatives had launched an “operation” to arrest her.

“My Lord, we are sorry to say that the accused jumped the administrative bail temporarily given to her by the EFCC,” he said. “We are making an undertaking that by the next adjourned date, we shall apprehend and arraign her before the court,” he said.

Justice Umar, after checking his records, reminded the EFCC counsel that the commission failed to arraign the accused on November 25, 2011. Mr. Umar adjourned the case to June 14 to enable EFCC to arraign the accused.

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