Court grants bail to 51 detained Judaism devotees in Abia
Abia State High Court yesterday granted bail to 51 Judaism devotees, who had been under detention for alleged acts of terrorism and treason.
Presiding Chief Judge, Justice Onuoha Ogwe granted them bail, after a Magistrate’s court had ordered their detention on December 13, 2018.
The adherents, who comprise 10 females and 41 males, were arrested in Umuahia, for establishing a Judaism church service in the home of leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The prosecution considered their action as professing membership of IPOB and engaging in a public procession amounting to acts of terrorism.
Counsels to the accused, Aloy Ejimakor, Toni Nwofor and Augustine Ezeokeke, had submitted that the charges against them were unknown to law.
They added that beyond that, the offences for which they were charged were bail-able.
Ejimakor told The Guardian that the court session was convened for the purpose of hearing the bail applications, and commended the court for granting them bail.
He added that the court granted the detainees, whose age ranges from 23 to 70 years, the bail on liberal terms and conditions.
Ezimakor, who said he is IPOB’s special counsel, explained the bail conditions to be N2 million, or one surety in like sum, who 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 in addition, submit their two passport-sized photographs.
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