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Absence in court: Judge revokes suspect’s bail

Posted: Apr 15, 2015 at 10:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 By Emmanuel Udom

Senior Correspondent, Lagos 


Justice E. S Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday revoked the bail earlier granted one Ibrahim Saidu, who is standing trial alongside one Joseph Amaechi and 12 others in a case of conspiracy and illegal oil bunkering brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in a press statement on Tuesday named the other accused persons as Israel Friday, Ubadia Francis, Abayomi Adebisi, Abdullahi Idris, Samuel Job, Onah Peter Ode and Sabo Tasha Hassan.

Others, he said, are Abdullahi Moh’d, Abubakar Abdulkadir, Ehiogu Paul, Ibrahim Saidu, Garba Mohammed and Bartholomew Onyema.

Uwujaren said at the resumed hearing of the case that Salisu A. Majidadi announced his appearance for the prosecution while D. M Ogolime and Abdullahi Liman represented the accused persons, setting the stage for the defence to open its case.

Ogolime again told the court that the 12th accused person, Ibrahim Saidu, had a challenge while travelling and could not make it to court. She urged the court to grant them an adjournment when hopefully the accused will be present in court.

Apparently angered by the application, in the case which has been adjourned severally, Justice Chukwu revoked the bail granted the accused person.

Daily Independent recalled that the trial judge had at the last sitting on March 12, 2015, threatened to revoke the bail earlier granted the accused persons should they further fail to be physically present in court.

He, however, warned that his court would not entertain deliberate attempts by any counsel to frustrate trial through frivolous applications, while the case was adjourned to Tuesday, April 14, 2015, for continuation of hearing.

The 14 suspected oil thieves were docked on May 9, 2013, on a four-count charge of willful and malicious breaking of oil pipelines, to which they all pleaded not guilty.

Following their pleas, Justice Chukwu admitted the accused persons to bail on June 12, 2013, after the prosecution closed the case a year ago, while the defence is alleged to have been employing all means known to law to frustrate the case as a result of which the court has granted several adjournments

The accused persons, who were arrested at Toto Military checkpoint, Nasarawa State, with 14-trailer load of suspected stolen crude oil, attempted to bribe their way through, but failed.