A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, March 29, granted N10 million bail to the National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Amb. (Dr.) Dickson Akoh.
The Peace Corps boss had filed a bail application, backed by 18-paragraph affidavit, on Monday, March 20, 2017, through his Counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), urging that he be released from the Police cell.
Recall that Dr. Akoh was detained by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Abuja, on March 19, shortly after he turned himself in, having been told that the Police was looking for him.
He was arraigned today with a 90-count charge, bordering on extortion of money, operating an outlaw organisation and wearing of Peace Corps uniform.
While leading a debate on the motion in support of the bail application, Barr. John Ochogwu of Kanu Agabi Chambers, prayed the court, to grant the Peace Corps boss bail on self recognition, adding that, the defendant had earlier been granted an administrative bail by the Police.
Responding to Ochogwu’s prayer, A.K Aliyu, Counsel to the Police, argued through his counter affidavit that, “the 1st defendant would likely interfere with the witnesses, if granted bail.”
Presiding over the matter, Justice John T. Tsoho ruled that, “since the defendants have been loaded with 90-count charge, which there is no capital offence therein, bail is in the discretion of the court.”
On the fear that the defendant would likely interfere with the witnesses, Justice Tsoho held that, “since the prosecution couldn’t advance reasons to show that, the defendant jumped the administrative granted him by the Police,” there was no reason for alarm.
The Presiding judge granted Dr.Akoh bail, to the tune of N10m with a surety in the sum of N20m.
The court also asked the Peace Corps boss to deposit his travel documents to the Deputy Court Registrar (DCR) and shall have access to them upon request, through application.
The court also requested that the surety must be an owner of a landed property in Abuja, the title documents should also be deposited with the DCR of the court.
Meanwhile, Dr. Akoh is to be remanded until the bail conditions are met, even as Justice Tsoho warned against holding him longer than 24 hours if his bail conditions are met.
The Peace Corps boss was granted bail after spending eleven days in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Abuja.
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