The Federal Excessive Courtroom, sitting at Umuahia, Abia State, has granted bail to the ‘Church of Devil’ founder, Ifekwe Udo and 17 others, who have been arrested by the Police over the riot at Ebem Ohafia the place authorities buildings have been razed by irate mob.
Some youths of Ebem neighborhood in Ohafia council space had gone on rampage following the killing of a younger dealer, recognized as Ifeanyi Arunsi, by the Police.
When the case got here for point out yesterday, Justice E Asiago, in his ruling, stated the defendants’ software for bail adopted the movement for his or her launch by their counsel. The decide held that for the reason that prosecution workforce led by S.A Ofoegbu didn’t oppose the appliance for bail, the defendants are deemed harmless till confirmed responsible.
The Decide additionally held that the offence which the defendants have been alleged to have dedicated are bail-able offences and granted them bail within the sum of N1,000,000 with two sureties every; one among which should be a conventional ruler or acknowledged chief and a senior civil servant.
The court docket additionally held that the sureties will need to have verifiable tackle.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, S.A Ofoegbu, defined that the curiosity is to not punish the defendants, however to make sure they seem for trial.
In his argument, Counsel to the church of Devil founder, Ibeka Esq, pleaded on the stringent situations to be utilized in granting the third accused bail, stressing that there’s lingering acrimony in Ebem Ohafia the place the church is situated.
He defined that on account of sentiments over the incident, no conventional ruler or chief want to stand surety for the Church of Devil Founder, Ifekwe.
Nevertheless, the Decide dominated that he wouldn’t decrease the usual due to the defendant and adjourned the matter to October 13, 2020, for trial.