Surety in court for allegedly screening offender




One Akubueze Emeka, who stood as surety for a defendant on Thursday appeared before a Kubwa Grade I Area Court, Abuja, over alleged screening of an offender.

The Prosecution Counsel, John Okpa said that Emeka who lives in Kubwa, Abuja, on July 28 stood as surety to one Martins Ibrahim.

Okpa said that Ibrahim who is currently at large, was charged with criminal breach of trust, cheating and issuance of dud cheque.

The prosecuting counsel said the defendant failed to produce the suspect to the police as he promised.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 167 of the Penal Code.

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

The defence counsel, Samuel Monokpo 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 N500, 000 with one reasonable surety in like sum, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

Adamu also ordered that the surety must present means of identification and adjourned the case until Nov. 13 for hearing.

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