They were arraigned over alleged money laundering offences to the tune of N1.35 billion.

This was after Justice Babatunde Quadri dismissed an application by the ex- governor that his case be returned to the former trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola.

In refusing the application, Justice Quadri held that it would better serve the interest of justice and public peace not to return the case to Justice Ademola.

The court however granted bail in various sums and two sureties each after the accused pleaded not guilty.

While the former was granted bail in the sum of N100m, others including his two sons got N50m bail each with same number of sureties.

The sureties according to the court must be senior civil servants who must present letters of identification from their respective ministries.

The judge ordered the defendants to also deposit their international passports with the registrar of the court and must not, under any circumstance, travel out of the country.

Justice Quadri ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody, if they failed to perfect their bail conditions within two months from the day of arraignment.