A 34 year old man Emmanuel Obijekwu, who helped a suspect one Philomena Nwaonumah, to escape, after taking her bail at Zone 2 Police Station Onikan, Lagos, was on Tuesday docked before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, for failing to produce the suspect.
The defendant is facing a two count charge bordering on breach of under taking, conspiracy and intent to pervert justice, preferred against him by the police.
The prosecutor Supol Eshiet Eshiet, informed the court that the defendant who is a resident of 3, Ore-Ofe Street, Okokomaiko Lagos, on March 3, 2017, at about 2:30pm at Zone 2, Police station Onikan, Lagos, applied and took the bail of one Philomena Nwaonumah, who was involved in a case of conspiracy and fraudulent conversion, and he promised to produce her on the 16 of March 2017 and every other subsequent dates as her presence may be required by the police until the case against her was finally disposed off or forfeit the sum of N10million, to the Lagos State government.
He said that the defendant breached the undertaking and failed to produce the suspect and he is being required to show cause, why he shouldn’t forfeit the said sum to the Lagos state government in accordance to section 132 of the criminal Justice administration law of Lagos state 2011.
Eshiet also said that the defendant with intent to pervert the cause of justice, failed to perform his responsibility as a surety by not producing Nwaonumah at Zone 2 Police Station, as required.
The prosecutor said that the offence committed is punishable under sections 132
and 97 (1) of the criminal law of Lagos state 2011.
However the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge against him and Magistrate Folashade Botoki, granted him bail in the sum of N5million, with two sureties in like sum.
She said that they must show evidence of tax payment to Lagos State government, affidavit of means and the addresses of the sureties verified by the court.