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Police arraign driver for allegedly causing grievous hurt to VIO

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The police on Monday arraigned a 41-year-old driver, Emmanuel Kaue in a Zuba Upper Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly abducting and causing grievous hurt to a Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO).

Kaue, who resides in Kaduna State, is charged with abduction and causing hurt.

The prosecutor, Mr Chinedu Ogada, had told the court that the matter was reported on June 19, at the Dutse Alhaji Police Station, Abuja, by Mr Okeke Chinedu of  the VIO Dutse Command Abuja.

Ogada said that on June 18 at about noon, while Chinedu and other VIO officers were at Dutse Bwari road for routine checks, they sopped Kaue while

He said that the officers stopped Kaue at Dutse opposite Isakwa Plaze while driving a vehicle with registration number MKA 03 YJ and ordered him to pack but he intentionally refused.

Ogada said the complainant entered into the vehicle and ordered Kaue to pack but he refused and criminally abducted him to unknown destination.

He alleged that in the process, Kaue drove the vehicle in dangerous manner and the complainant fell off from the vehicle, as a result, he sustain fractures on his right shoulder.

The prosecutor said the complainant also sustained serious injuries on his hand and was rushed to Kubwa General Hospital for treatment.

Ogada said the cost of the complainant medical treatment was yet to be ascertained and the offence contravened the provisions of Section 246 of the Penal Code.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Mrs Grace Adegede, Counsel to Kaue, made an oral application for the bail of the defendant, citing Section 35 (5) of the 1999 Constitution.

Adegede also cited Section 165 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, adding that that an accused person is presumed innocent, until proven guilty.

The prosecutor, however, opposed the application, saying that case was still being investigated.

Adegede in reply to the prosecutor opposing her application, prayed the court to use its discretion to grand bail in favour of the defendant.

The defendant’s counsel also told the court that the defendant would not escape prosecution if granted bail.

In his ruling, the judge, Alhaji Gambo Garba held that the alleged offence was bailable.

“The court has evaluated the applications and it is convinced that admitting the defendant on bail will not in any way hurt the prosecution.

Garba admitted the defendant to a N200, 000 bail with one surety in like sum.

The judge ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and must be verified by the court’s police.

He also ordered that in the absence of the surety, the defendant be remanded in prison and adjourned the matter until July 10 for hearing.

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