Yesterday, a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja ordered the interim release of the international passport of Dr. Fortune Feberesima, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s chief physician.
Fiberesima was alleged to have abused his position as the chief physician to the President in 2012, by awarding contracts valued at N258.9 million and N36.9 million respectively to a company where he had interests.
He was arraigned on a six- count charge bordering on abuse of office. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged that the offences were contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. The contracts were reclamation of land at the State House Medical Centre for N358.9 million and supply of medical consumables at N36.9 million.
He was granted bail on April 25 on the same condition as EFCC administrative bail of two directors in government service with landed property in Abuja. In addition, he was to deposit his international passport with the court’s registrar. The judge, Justice Peter Affen, granted the release of Fiberesima international passport after the application of Mr. Granville Alibo, Fiberesima’s counsel.