A senior Magistrate Court sitting in Lokoja, on Friday granted bail to seven accused persons arraigned for allegedly disrupting women empowerment programme organised by Senator Ahmed Salau Ogembe in Okene local government area of Kogi state.
In her ruling, Senior Magistrate, Ojoma Rachael Haruna, granted the accused persons bail with the sum of N20, 000 each and a surety in like sum.
Haruna stated that the surety must present two passports and their defendants also present two passport photographs and a signed bond to be a good behaviour.
The accused persons were dragged before the Senior Magistrate court on March 9, 2018 for allegedly committing criminal conspiracy and mischief contrary to section 97(2) of the penal code.
The court took the cognizance of the first information report and the defendants denied the allegations against them.
Counsels to accused persons, M. A . Abbas and M.J. Samuel made application for bail, but the prosecutor Sgt Oladipupo Abimola, objected to the bail application.
The Court held that the right to personal liberty as encapsulated under section 35(1)) of 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria ( as amended) is sacred and could only be denied under genuine circumstances.
“It is held that no genuine circumstance has been disclosed by prosecution which justifies a denial of the right to bail. Thus in pursuant to section 156 of Kogi state Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2017 “.
The Magistrate adjourned the case till March 28th, 2018 and order the immediate transfer of the case file to senior Magistrate Court in Okene.