Court grants bail to 51 Judaism adherents in Abia


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 terrorism 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 of 10 female and 41 male.

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.

Counsels to the accused, led by Aloy Ejimakor and Toni Nwofor while applying for their bail argued that the charges brought against their clients were unknown to law, adding that the offences 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 N2million 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.

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