A middle-aged man, Christian Okoli was arraigned by the police before an Upper Area Court, in Karu, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the FCT for allegedly adjusting his pre-paid meter.
The Police First Information Report (FIR) dated 7th of February, said that Mr Otuok Oselumese of the AEDC reported the case to the police on 19th of December, 2016. It was also stated that Oselumesa reported to the police that the defendant altered his pre-paid meter on 28th of November, 2016. The defendant was accused of cheating, an offence that ran contrary to Section 322 of the Penal Code Law. Okolo however, pleaded not guilty to the charge made against him by the Police.
The defendant’s counsel, Mr Tony Ogbulafor, appealed to the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms. While debating the bail application, Ogbulafor said the defendant was a family man and would be present in court to face trial if granted bail. He explained to the court that the defendant is presumed innocent in law until prosecuted and proven otherwise.
The prosecutor, Mr Mahmud Lawal, opposed the bail application, describing Okolo’s offence as ‘grievous’. He pleaded the court to refuse the bail application brought before it by the defendant.
The presiding judge, Justice Hassan Ishaq, however, ruled that the defendant be granted bail in the sum of N500, 000 and two sureties in like sum. He said one of the sureties must be a civil servant of not less than grade level 10 while the second surety must be a businessman. The judge ordered that the two sureties must reside within the jurisdiction of the court. He also ordered that the sureties should deposit their passport photographs, national identity card or driver’s license with the registrar of the court and the case was adjourned till April 4, for hearing.