From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
A senior Magistrate Court sitting in Lokoja has granted bail to Seven Accused persons who were arraigned before the court for allegedly disrupting women empowerment programme organised by Senator Hammed Ogembe last Saturday in Okene.
In her ruling, Senior Magistrate Ojoma Racheal Haruna granted bail to the accused persons with sum of N20,000 and a surety each in like sum, stressing that the surety must present two passports and defendants present two passport photographs while they must signed bond to be a good behaviour and maintained.
In a separate first information report, the accused persons, Moshood Shuaibu Onimisi, Abdullazeez Yusuf , Otaru Musa Onipe, Iliyasu Momoh and Jimoh Raji and others at large have been allegedly conspired to disrupt women empowerment programmed organised by the senator representing Kogi central Senatorial district, Senator Hammed Ogembe.
The accused persons were dragged before the Senior Magistrate court on 09 /03/2018 for allegedly committing criminal conspiracy and mischief contrary section 97(2) of the penal code.
The court took the cognisance of the first information report and the defendants denied the allegations against them.
The Counsels to the accused persons, M. A .Abbas and M J Samuel made application for bail.
However, the prosecution, Sgt Oladipupo Abimola objected to the bail application.
The Court in a considered ruling held that the right to personal liberty as encapsulated under prohibition of section 35(1)) of 1999 constitution of federal Republic of Nigeria ( as amended) is sacred and could be only be denied where genuine circumstances.
“It is held that no genuine circumstance has been disclosed by prosecution which justifies a denial the right to bail. Thus in pursuant to section 156 of Kogi State Administration of Criminal Justice. Law 2017,the court admitted the defendants to bail.”
The Magistrate has adjourned the case till 28th March 2018 and order the immediate transfer of the case file to senior Magistrate Court in Okene.