Abia high court grants bail to 51 detained Judaism adherents
The Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Onuoha Ogwe has granted bail to the 51 Judaism adherents who were arrested in Umuahia, December 11, 2018.
The suspects were charged on December 13, 2018 before a Magistrate court for alleged acts of terrorism and treason.
But the said Chief Magistrate court remanded them in prison custody to await trial at the court with competent jurisdiction.
The detainees comprising 10 females and 41 males with their ages ranging between 23 and 70 years were reportedly setting for Judaism service within the premises of the country home of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Afara Umuahia North LGA of the state when they were arrested by the Police.
The prosecution considered their action as professing membership of IPOB and engaging in a public procession amounting to act of terrorism.
The accused counsels, Aloy Ejimakor, Toni Nwofor and Augustine Ezeokeke, who applied for their bail, submitted to the court that the charges against them were unknown to law and that even if it is so, the offences were bailable.
Ejimakor commended the court for granting the detainees bail on liberal terms/conditions.
According to Ejimakor who said he is IPOB’s special counsel, the conditions under which the bail was granted hinged on N2m or production of one surety in like sum, which surety must show evidence of payment of three years tax, affidavit of means and proof of residence in Abia State.
Both the sureties and the detainees are to submit their two passport sized photographs to the court, in addition.
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