PUBLIC PROCESSION: COURT GRANTS BAIL TO JUDAISM ADHERENTS UMUAHIA.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
An Abia State high court presided over by the state Chief Judge , Justice Onuoha Ogwe on Thursday granted bail to the 51 Judaism adherents arrested recently in Umuahia, the state capital.
The adherents were arrested on Tuesday December 11th 2018 and brought before a Magistrate court on Thursday December 13, for alleged acts of terrosism and treason.
The Chief Magistrate court however remanded them in prison custody after declining jurisdiction to hear the matter.
Aged between 23 and 70, the 51 detainees comprised 10 females and 41 males.
The accused were said to have been preparing for Judaism church service within the premises of the country home of the leader of IPOB Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Afara Umuahia North LGA of the state when they were arrested by the Police.
They were allegedly professing membership of IPOB following a public procession which the Prosecution considered act of terrorism.
Counsels to the accused, Aloy Ejimakor, Toni Nwofor and Augustine Ezeokeke, while applying for their bail, argued that the charges brought against their clients were unknown to law, adding that the offenses they were being charged for were bailable.
Bar. Ejimakor, Special counsel to IPOB, said the Court session was convened specially for the purpose of hearing the bail applications and commended the court for granting the detainees the bail applied for on liberal conditions.
He said the accused are granted bail on the condition that they will produce one surety with a bail bond of N2m and who must show evidence of payment of three years tax, affidavit of means and proof of residence in Abia State.
The Sureties and the accused are to also submit their two passport sized photographs to the court.