Jonathan’s House Looting: Suspect Arraigned, Granted Bail

A magistrate court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, Tuesday, granted a dismissed police officer, Musa Musa, who is alleged to have broken into the home of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s residence in Abuja, bail to the sum of N7m.
The policeman who was earlier dismissed from the Force for burgling was arraigned by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja.
The house in question was situated at No. 89 Fourth Avenue, Gwarimpa District.
Musa was slammed with unlawfully breaking into the residence of Jonathan.
Musa was also charged for mischief and theft contrary to section 353, 326 and 288 of the Penal Code.
The charge sheet signed by Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ibrahim Agu reads:”That you Musa Musa a dismissed police officer on the 5th day of July 2017 unlawfully broke into the residence of Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan situate at Gwarimpa within the jurisdiction of this honourable court and stole all the internal fittings, furniture, cloth, electrical fittings, water heaters, kitchen shelves, wardrobes,Chandeliere, refrigerators, doors and went further to steal canopies and hide, same in the premises valued at N30m belonging to the Former President and thereby committed the above mention offence”
After the charge was read the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The defendant’s counsel, Gabriel Egbule applied for bail.
Responding, the prosecutioncounsel, Stanley Nwodo opposed the bail application,saying that the matter involves national security.
Nwodo said:”Bail should not be granted to the defendant because it involves national security.We also contend that the accused person will jump bail if granted”
After listening to both parties, Chief Magistrate granted the defendant bail in the sum of N7m with one surety in like sum.
The Chief Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, said: “where reasons exist,bail is a fundamental right which must be maintained
“The sureties should be a civil servant which must be reliable”, she said.
The court adjourned the matter till October 3.

Author: News Editor

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