Surety docked for allegedly lying to police, screening offenders

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A man, Ibrahim Mohammed, who stood as surety on Thursday, appeared in a Grade I Area Court, Kubwa, over alleged screening offenders.

The Prosecution Counsel, Babajide Olanipekun, alleged that the defendant who lives in Kubwa, Abuja lies that two offenders, Joseph Abraham and Lawrence Abraham were his brothers.

Olanipekun said the offenders who are presently at large, are accused of cheating and using as genuine a fake document and forgery to the tune of N3 million in March, 2019.

He said the defendant failed to produce the suspects after standing as surety.

The prosecutor said a recognisance was entered by the defendant to that effect but he allegedly aided the escape of the offenders from lawful punishment.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 168 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.

The defence counsel, Taiye Okoya made a bail application for his client, saying that he was presumed innocent until proven guilty.

He, however, assured the court that a reliable surety would be provided if bail is granted.

The Judge, Mr Muhammad Adamu, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1 million with one reasonable surety in like sum, resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

Adamu also ordered that the sureties must present means of identification and adjourned the case until Oct.19 for hearing.(NAN)

– Aug. 20, 2020 @ 13:59 GMT |

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