Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Police Officer Who Stole From Ex President Goodluck Jonathan's Home Arraigned, Gets N7m Bail

The operatives of the Nigerian Police Force of the Federal Capital Territory, has on Tuesday, arraigned one of its officers identified as Musa Musa, for his alleged involvement in the looting of the Abuja residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan. In a discloure to Premium Times, the FCT police command confirmed the arraignment at a magistrate court in the Wuse area of Abuja.

Musa, a sergeant, is one of three arrested for burgling the property at No. 89 Fourth Avenue Gwarimpa district, Abuja.

The items stolen include sets of furniture, plasma television sets, refrigerators, air-conditioner units and box-loads of clothes such as designer suits imprinted with the former president’s name, male and female Ijaw traditional attires, lace materials and bowler hats.

After hearing arguments by respective counsels, the court granted Musa bail with a bond of N7million.

“The law is clear about right to liberty. Bail is granted to allow the accused attend trial. Where it is perceived that the accused may jump bail, he may be denied,”the magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, said.

The prosecution had said that Musa was a flight risk as he had earlier jumped police bail. But the magistrate said the prosecution had not provided enough grounds for bail to be denied.

She further said the matter was not of national importance as alleged by the prosecution counsel, Stanley Nwodo.

She granted the defendant bail with a bond of N7 million and one surety in like sum. The surety should be civil servant of any cadre resident in Abuja.

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