The Abuja Federal High Court on Monday granted bail to 24 youths detained about six months ago by Nigerian police, alleging that they forged documents with which they sought to be recruited into the force.
Judge Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling, granted a bond of N100,000 to each group of defendants with a bond that they must have a property for the same amount within the jurisdiction of the court.
Judge Ekwo noted that he decided to grant bail despite opposition from the prosecution, which stated that the defendants would not post bail.
The judge advised the defendants not to cancel the bail, but to go to trial and clear their names.
He postponed the matter until January 25 for trial.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that based on the condition of the bond, each group of defendants, represented by an independent attorney, is required to post a bond.
Defendants from first to eighth, represented by a lawyer, were required to have a bond; defendants from the ninth to the sixteenth would produce bail and those from 17 to 24 would also have bail.
NAN reports that the 24 youths were, on December 18, indicted for one count of 106 counts, marked: FHC / ABJ / CR / 206/2020 and presented on behalf of the Inspector General of Police.
However, they pleaded not guilty to all charges.
When the judge asked the prosecution attorney, Mathew Omosu, how long the defendants had been detained, he said “since July this year.”
Some charges in office say: “That you … sometimes between 2018 and 2020 at the Nigerian Borno Police College, being obliged by law to tell the truth, took an oath and gave information that is false and as such , committed a crime. punishable by law.
“That you … on the same date and place, assumed the name, designation of police officers and, therefore, committed a crime punishable by article 42 of the Police Law …”