A senior magistrate court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja has granted bail in the sum of N7 million to an ex-police officer, Musa Musa, allegedly responsible for burgling the Abuja home of the ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan.
At a court sitting on Tuesday, Musa, who illegally gained entrance into Jonathan’s home in Gwarimpa on July 5th was charged with Theft and mischief. Presiding Judge, Mabel Segun-Bello also ordered that the accused should produce a reliable surety that must be a civil servant. She said the surety must also be a resident of Abuja.
She said; “Sufficient reason was not placed before the court that the accused will jump bail or a concrete evidence that the matter is of national interest,’’ Segun-Bello said.
Prosecutor, Mr Stanley Nwodo told the court that the accused stole all the internal fittings, furniture, clothes, electrical fittings, water heater and kitchen utensils from the house.The others items, he said, were wardrobes, chandeliers, refrigerators, doors and canopies valued N30 million.He said that the offence contravened sections 353, 326 and 288 of the Penal Code Cap 89, Laws of the Northern Nigeria 1963.
Opposing the bail application, Nwodo argued;“The accused will jump bail if it is granted, he has no provision for a reliable surety, justice is not one-way traffic, I prayed this court to remand him in prison,’’ he said.
Counsel for the defendant, Gabriel Egbule countered saying that the offence was bailable, citing Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution and sections 158 and 162 of the ACJA. He said;
“The prosecution has not told the court whether the matter is a capital offence or deal with national security.We urged this court to be guided by the law of the land and admit the defendant to bail.No material evidence has been placed before the court to show that the defendant will jump bail,’‘.
Bello adjourned the matter for hearing until Oct. 3.