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Sacked police officers arraigned before court for looting Jonathan’s home

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has arraigned a police officer, Musa Musa, for alleged involvement in the looting of the residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan, this was confirmed by the FCT police command on Tuesday.

The suspect Mr. Musa, who is a sergeant, was one of those arrested for burgling the property at No. 89 Fourth Avenue Gwarimpa district, Abuja.

Three officers were arrested following the incident, but only Mr. Musa has so far been arraigned.

The items stolen include sets of furniture, plasma television sets, refrigerators, air-conditioner units and box-loads of clothes such as designer suits imprinted with the former president’s name, male and female Ijaw traditional attires, lace materials and bowler hats.

After hearing arguments by respective counsels, the court granted Mr. Musa bail with a bond of N7 million.

“The law is clear about right to liberty. Bail is granted to allow the accused attend trial. Where it is perceived that the accused may jump bail, he may be denied,” the magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, said.

The prosecution had said that Mr. Musa was a flight risk as he had earlier jumped police bail.

But the magistrate said the prosecution had not provided enough grounds for bail to be denied.

She further said the matter was not of national importance as alleged by the prosecution counsel, Stanley Nwodo.

She granted the defendant bail with a bond of N7 million and one surety in like sum. The surety should be civil servant of any cadre resident in Abuja.

Source: ( Premium Times )

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