The Federal Extreme Court docket docket, sitting at Umuahia, Abia State, has granted bail to the ‘Church of Satan’ founder, Ifekwe Udo and 17 others, who’ve been arrested by the Police over the riot at Ebem Ohafia the place authorities buildings have been razed by irate mob.
Some youths of Ebem group in Ohafia council area had gone on rampage following the killing of a youthful seller, acknowledged as Ifeanyi Arunsi, by the Police.
When the case acquired right here for level out yesterday, Justice E Asiago, in his ruling, said the defendants’ utility for bail adopted the motion for his or her launch by their counsel. The determine held that given that prosecution group led by S.A Ofoegbu didn’t oppose the equipment for bail, the defendants are deemed innocent until confirmed accountable.
The Resolve moreover held that the offence which the defendants have been alleged to have devoted are bail-able offences and granted them bail throughout the sum of N1,000,000 with two sureties each; actually one in every of which must be a traditional ruler or acknowledged chief and a senior civil servant.
The court docket docket moreover held that the sureties might want to have verifiable deal with.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, S.A Ofoegbu, outlined that the curiosity is to not punish the defendants, nevertheless to verify they appear for trial.
In his argument, Counsel to the church of Satan founder, Ibeka Esq, pleaded on the stringent conditions to be utilized in granting the third accused bail, stressing that there’s lingering acrimony in Ebem Ohafia the place the church is located.
He outlined that due to sentiments over the incident, no standard ruler or chief wish to stand surety for the Church of Satan Founder, Ifekwe.
Nonetheless, the Resolve dominated that he wouldn’t lower the standard as a result of defendant and adjourned the matter to October 13, 2020, for trial.