An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced a 55-year-old man, Abdulmeminu Salami, to six months imprisonment for failing to produce the defendant he stood surety for in court.
The Magistrate, Mr Olakulehin Oke, however, gave Salami an option of N50,000 fine.
The surety was arraigned on May 7 after he failed to produce the accused Muhammad Alli, who was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, malicious damage and causing breach of peace.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Olu-Balogun Lawrence, had told the court that Salami attempted to pervert, obstruct and defeat the course of justice by deliberately refusing to produce Alli.
Olu-Balogun said that Alli committed the offence on March 13, 2018, at about 6 p.m. at Agro Park, Ijale Farm, at Ilewo Orile in Abeokuta.
He said that Alli conspired with others and maliciously damaged Turmeric crops and other valuable crops worth N3.6 million with his cows at Agro Park Farm land.
Court remands Surety for failing to produce suspect
An Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday remanded a surety, Dele Abiodun, in Ilesa Correctional Centre for failing to produce a suspect.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Ola Olagoke, ordered that Dele be remanded in Ilesa Correctional Facility due to the magnitude of the alleged offence.
The Prosecutor, ASP John Idoko , had told the court that the defendant, 43, committed the offence on Oct. 10, 2017, when he stood as surety for one Femi Abiodun in case number HOS/46/2014.
Idoko said Femi had been on the run, while Dele, who failed to produce the suspect, was arrested and brought to the court.
He said the offence contravened Section 56 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 34, Vol. 11, Laws of Osun, 2003.
Dele, however, pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge leveled against him.
The defence counsel, Mr Ragenious Ugwu, had prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.
Olagoke, however, ordered remand of the suspect and adjourned the case until March 31, for ruling on the bail application.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
”Getting a senator as surety is difficult for me”, Maina begs court
Abdulrasheed Maina, Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), on Thursday, again told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, that he had been unable to get a senator to stand as surety for his release.
Afam Osigwe, counsel to Maina, who pleaded to the judge during the proceeding, said securing a senator to stand as surety had become a difficult task for his client.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Justice Abang had, on Jan. 28, varied Miana’s bail conditions, following his inability to meet the bail terms granted him on Nov. 26, 2019.
At the resumed trial on Thursday, Osigwe, who told the court that the defence had filed further application for variation of the bail conditions, urged the judge to hear the plea simultaneously.
He also informed the court that counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had already been served with the latest motion.
“My Lord, we hinted the court about the difficulty we have had in finding a senator as surety.
“And without appearing to be stretching the court, we filed a further variation for the conditions of bail of the 1st defendant and we have served the prosecution with a copy.
“We plead that it should be heard today,” he appealed to the judge.
In an affidavit deposed to by a lawyer, Ndidi Ejimadu, on Maina’s behalf, Afam urged the court to vary the bail terms to such that the applicant would be able to fulfill.
According him, Maina has not been able to find senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who owns a developed property in Asokoro, Maitama, Wise II, Central Business District or Katampe Extension, who is willing to stand as surety for him and execute a bond for N500 million.
He also said that the condition that the lawmaker must come to court to sign register every day the matter is slated for hearing has been impossible for him to meet.
“The applicant will be able to find a reasonable surety, not being a senator or member of the House of Representatives, permanent secretary, directors in the civil service at federal or state level, who will be willing to enter into a bond for such lower sum as the court may direct,” he said.
The lawyer said the court had the power and discretion to vary the bail term to enable Maina fulfill it.
However, Justice Abang stated that he had already given a date to hear the bail variation plea.
He directed the defendant counsel to meet the registrar to confirm the actual date.
NAN later confirmed March 6 as the date fixed for the ruling on the prayer.
NAN reports that Justice Abang had, on Jan. 28, reduced Maina’s bail condition from N1 billion to N500 million with a surety in the like sum who must be a serving senator.
The judge ruled that the surety, who should not have a criminal case pending in any court, must have a landed property fully developed in Maitama, Asokoro, Wuse II, Katampe or Central Business Districts of Abuja, with Certificate of Occupancy attached as evidence.
Abang also ruled that the senator though would always come to the court at every adjourned date, only needed to come and sign a court register that would be opened at the registry.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Surety in court over alleged failure to produce suspect
A 32-year-old surety, Ibrahim Olaniyi, who failed to produce a suspect, Abdulsalam Suleiman, in Area H Police Command, Ogudu, Lagos was, on Friday, brought before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court.
Olaniyi, a businessman whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and perversion of justice.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Donjour Perezi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences, with one other person still at large, on Dec. 7, 2019 at Ogudu Police Station, Lagos.
Perezi said that the defendant stood as a surety for his friend, Suleiman, who was arrested for obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.
“Suleiman was granted a N500,000 bail and released to the defendant, who promised to produce him anytime his presence was required by the police, till the case is finally disposed.
“The defendant bailed Suleiman who is involved in a case of issuance of dud cheques to Davo Nani Microfinance Bank and he aided him to abscond,” he said.
Perezi said that the defendant should show cause why the N500,000 bond executed by defendant should not be forfeited.
According to him, the offences contravene Section 97 (1), 132 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 97 (1) provides seven years imprisonment for perversion of justice, while Section 411 stipulates two years for conspiracy.
The Magistrate, Mrs Bukola Mogaji, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000, with one surety in like sum.
Mogaji, thereafter, adjourned the case till Feb. 25, for mention.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Surety lands in court for alleged failure to produce defendant
Police on Monday arraigned a 61-year-old man, Steve Ayedun, before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for alleged perversion of justice.
The defendant, a businessman, whose address is unknown, is facing trial for alleged conspiracy and perversion of justice, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, Insp Donjour Perezi told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Sept. 4, 2019, at Ifako Police Station, Gbagada, Lagos.
Perezi said the defendant conspired with another person now at large to obstruct and pervert the course of justice.
“The defendant stood as a surety for his wife, Rachel Ayedun, who was arrested for obtaining under false pretense and stealing.
“Ayedun was then granted N500, 000 bail and released to the defendant who promised to always produce her anytime her presence is required by the police, till the case is finally disposed off.
“The defendant got Ayedun out of custody to enable her abscond and escape prosecution.
“The defendant is hereby called upon to show cause why the sum of N500, 000 bond executed by him should not be forfeited,” the prosecutor told the court.
He said the offence contravened Sections 97 (1) , 132 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Mrs Bukola Mogaji, granted the defendant N100, 000 bail with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until Feb. 21 for hearing.
The Nigerian News Agency ( NAN) reports that while section (1) provides a seven- year imprisonment for perversion of justice, section 411 stipulates two years for conspiracy.
Edited by: Kevin Okunzuwa/Maureen Atuonwu
Surety docked, forfeits N200, 000 for failure to produce defendant
A surety, Patrick Okechukwu, on Thursday appeared at an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State following his failure to produce his friend charged with fraud.
Okechukwu was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and attempt to pervert justice.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, said that Okechukwu stood as a surety for his friend, Victor Amos, on July 20, at the Ogudu Magistrates’ Court.
He said that Okechukwu failed to produce Amos when he was billed to have appeared in court.
Ihiehie told the court that Amos had obtained N550,000 under false pretences from a complainant on the pretext that he would rent a two-bedroom apartment for the complainant with the amount.
The prosecutor said that the surety signed an undertaking to produce Amos in court on July 24 but he failed.
He also said that he would present Amos on any other date his presence might be required in court until the end of the case.
The prosecutor said that Okechukwu agreed that he would forfeit N200, 000 to the Lagos State Government if he failed to produce Amos in court.
He said that Amos had been absent in court on three different adjourned dates, adding that a bench warrant had been issued for his re-arrest.
“My Lord, Okechukwu has refused to produce Amos or lead the police to effect his re-arrest.
“ On Nov. 21, he failed to produce the defendant. He has to prove to the court why he should not forfeit the N200, 000,” Ihiehie said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that conspiracy and attempt to pervert justice contravene Sections 97 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
NAN reports that Section 97 provides seven years’ imprisonment for attempt to pervert justice, while Section 411 provides for two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy.
The magistrate, Mrs Ejiro Kubeinje, granted the defendant N500, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Kubeinje ordered that the surety should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until Dec. 18, for mention.
Edited & Vetted By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Peter Dada
Surety docked for alleged failure to produce friend charged with sexual harassment
A surety, who failed to produce in court, his friend charged with sexual harassment, on Friday appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on a three-count charge.
Thirty-five-year-old Adeniyi Dosunmu, who resides at Ikorodu area of Lagos, is facing charges of conspiracy, forgery and attempt to pervert justice.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, said that Dosumu, stood as surety for his friend, Ademola Oresanya, on Nov. 8, at an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court to secure his bail, but failed to produce him when needed.
The prosecutor added that the surety forged a medical report with reference number TH/302/3461, for Oresanya.
“The defendant with intent to obstruct justice, presented to the court, a fake medical report allegedly emanated from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, claiming that Ademola Oresanya was sick and on admission as at Nov. 15 when he was to stand trial in court.
“The action of the defendant was to mislead the court and aid the escape of Oresanya from facing trial,” he said.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the alleged offences contravene Sections 97, 365 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
Section 97 provides seven years’ imprisonment for attempt to pervert justice, while section 411 provides for two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy.
The Magistrate, Mrs Ejiro Kubeinje, granted the defendant N200, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Kubeinje ordered that the surety should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until Jan. 7, 2020, for mention.
Edited /Ijeoma Popoola
Surety docked as suspects allegedly jumps bail
A 35-year-old surety, Enoch Perekemikunaham, on Tuesday appeared before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State, over alleged escape two defendants.
The surety, whose address was not given, is facing a count-charge of obstruction of justice.
The prosecutor, Insp. Ayodeji Omoyeigha, told the court that Perekemikunaham stood as surety for two crime suspects – Kepriye Yanyangbini, 25, and Abel Arenibaro, 29 – charged with conspiracy and stealing.
The prosecutor said that the duo stole a Tecno camera phone valued N30,000 on Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Igbodigo, Okitipupa.
He added that the surety promised to produce them in court at any given time as the court requested, but failed to produce them as promised.
He said that the surety breached Section 126(1) of the Criminal Code, Law of Ondo State, 2006.
The surety, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Dickson Ogunfuyi, admitted the surety to N50,000 bail and ordered him to produce the defendants on Dec. 17, when the case would be heard.
Edited /Ijeoma Popoola
Surety in court for alleged failure to produce accused
A 54-year-old man, Emmanuel Okon, who stood as surety to a friend, Emmanuel Emmanuel on Monday appeared in an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court for alleged failure to produce the defendant in court.
Okon is charged for conspiracy, disobedience to lawful order and failure to produce the defendant.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that Okon had on Feb. 1, 2018 at 9.00 a.m. at Ogudu Magistrates’ Court stood as surety for Emmanuel, being tried for fraud.
Ihiehie said that the surety had signed an undertaking to produce Emmanuel in court on March 21, 2018 for continuation of the case or forfeit the N200, 000 bail bond he signed to the Lagos State Government.
The prosecutor reminded the court that during its last sitting on the case on Sept. 17, Okon was unable to produce the defendant or account for his whereabouts.
Ihiehie, therefore, urged the court to direct defendant to show why he should not forfeit the N200, 000 bail bond.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 97 and 123 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015 and Section 132 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State.
Okon, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and the Magistrate, Mrs Ejiro Kubeinje, granted him bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payments to Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned till Dec. 10 for continuation of hearing.
Edited & Vetted By: Abiemwense Moru/Dada Ahmed
Surety allegedly uses fake documents to secure bail for suspected thief
The police on Thursday in Lagos arraigned a surety, Henry Idogbue, who allegedly presented fake documents to mislead a court to grant bail to a suspected thief.
Idogbue, 43, appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court on charges of impersonation and attempt to pervert justice.
The defendant, who resides at Ogudu, however, pleaded not guilty.
According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Donjour Perezi, the defendant presented false documents to mislead the court to grant bail to one Olusegun Bafuwa charged with stealing.
The prosecutor said that the surety committed the offences at the Ogudu Magistrates’ Court, on Nov. 14, at 1.30p.m.
Perezi said that the defendant was arrested in the court after impersonating a staff of Global Manpower Company by presenting an identity card and a copy of an employment letter falsely claimed to have been issued by the company.
“The defendant forged the identity card, employment letter and payslip of the said company, intending same to be believed, used or acted on as genuine,” Perezi said.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 97(1), 365 and 380 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Mrs Bukola Mogaji, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Mogaji adjourned the case until Nov. 25 for mention.
Edited /Ijeoma Popoola
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