38 Nasarawa Protesters Granted Bail In Lafia

The Magistrate Court 3 sitting in Lafia on Thursday (January 25, 2024) granted bail to the 38 protesters arrested by the police in Nasarawa State for alleged ‘conspiracy, unlawful assembly and disturbance by fire’.

The Nigeria Police had on Friday January 19, 2024, arrested the protesters for blocking the Lafia/Jos road after the Supreme Court judgment that affirmed the victory of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.

The Police said that the protesters comprising eight men and 30 women, had contravened the peace accord signed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Magistrate in charge of the court, Mohammed Abdullahi-Lanze granted the bail after the hearing on the bail application filed by counsels to the defendants.

The Magistrate however, directed that the defendants must get a surety not below the position of a Director with the State or Federal Government each staying within the jurisdiction of the court.

He also said that each surety must submit his or her identify card, N2 million, letter of first appointment and statement of account to the court.

He therefore, adjourned the case to February 27, 2024 for hearing and directed that all the defendants must be at the court in the next adjourned date.

Earlier, Barr. Labaran Magaji, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General (AG) who took over as the prosecuting counsel, withdrew all the three counter applications.

The counter application had been filed by the police who was prosecuting the matter before it was taken over by the Attorney-General of the State.

The AG said that the offences committed by the defendants were bailable by the provision of the laws and as such, the State had withdrawn the counter applications earlier filed to save the time of the court.

He however, told the court that all the defendants be made to attend subsequent proceedings of the court unfailingly.

On his part, Barr. Ayiwulu Baba Ayiwulu, counsel to the defendants, appealed that the bail condition be simplified to enable them meet the condition.

He appealed that Barr. Esson Mairiga, House of Assembly Member representing Lafia North at the Nasarawa State Assembly had offered to stand as surety to all the defendants.

He court therefore asked the defending counsel to apply formally and assured that the appeal would be consider in the interest of justice. (NAN)

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