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Surety in court over failure to produce husband for trial

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A 44-year-old woman, Iyabo Oladele, who stood as surety for her husband accused of damaging trucks in a company, on Friday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, accused of attempt to pervert justice.

Oladele, who resides at No. 5, Egunyomi St., Megida, Ayobo in Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty to the one count charge.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada, said that Oladele, stood as surety for her husband, Akeem, on March 15, at Oke Odo Police Station, Lagos, after she secured his bail.

Eruada however said that the defendant had failed to produce her husband when needed by the police.

He told the court that Oladele’s husband was involved in a case of damaging trucks in a company using inferior spare parts to repair them which caused the damage of the trucks.

The prosecutor said that the surety signed an undertaking to be producing her husband at the station until the end of the investigation or forfeit N500, 000 to the Lagos State Government.

“The surety and the defendant absconded after she secured the bail of her husband and failed to present him at the appointed time,” he said.

The prosecutor said that the surety was however arrested.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that attempt to pervert justice contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 137 provides seven years imprisonment upon conviction.

Magistrate M.I. Dan-Oni admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Dan-Oni ordered that the surety must be gainfully employed, own a landed property and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until June 18, for mention.

 

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