By Vivian Okejeme
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Senator Isah Misau on self-recognition on the charges of forgery and other related offences brought against him before the court.
The senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District was arraigned on an amended 10-count charge by the federal government.
In the charge filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Misau is alleged to have committed offences punishable under Section 1(2) (C) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap 17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under the same section of the Act.
When the matter came up yesterday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Saleh Hadi, brought to the notice of the amended charges filed to the court.
Hadi said the amended charges had been filed and he had affixed seal as ordered by the court on the last adjourned date.
Shortly after taking plea, the defence counsel, Uchena Ogbunabo, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail on liberal terms and on self-recognition.
In a bench, the judge granted the defendant bail on self recognition and ordered he deposit his passport with the Chief Registrar of the Court and can apply whenever he needs it.
The federal government in the charge accused the defendant of deserting the police force without proper discharged papers by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.
The senator, in the charges filed against him, was accused of peddling ‘falsehood’ allegations against the IG of police, the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Mike Okiro and the Nigeria police.
Misau was also accused of being in possession of fake and altered documents which include the personal particulars of persons seeking election to the office/membership of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (INEC Form C. F. 001/2011),” and a similar document for 2015 election (INEC Form C. F. 2015).
The matter was adjourned till January 21, 2018, for hearing.