The Nigeria Police Thursday docked three lawyers for false evidence, injurious falsehood, criminal conspiracy, forgery, impersonation, giving false information with intent to mislead a public servant before a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrate Court, Abuja.
First to be docked was Emeka Ugwuonye on allegations of false evidence and injurious falsehood against one David Aiyedogbon over the murder of (his wife) late Mrs. Charity Aiyedogbon.
Next were Nsikak Udoh and Farouk Khamagam on allegations of criminal conspiracy, forgery, impersonation and false information with intent to mislead a public servant over the murder of late Charity Aiyedogbon.
They however pleaded not guilty to the allegations, prompting prosecution counsel, Adama Musa, to request for a date for commencement of trial.
But counsel to the defendants made oral application for their bail. While Oluwatosin Oja-Omo moved the oral application for Ugwuonye’s bail, Edwin Inegedu applied for both Udoh and Khamagam.
Oja-Omo argued that the offence is bailable. He claimed also that the defendant has been on police bail since 2016 when he was arrested.
But prosecution counsel, Musa, opposed the bail on the grounds that the defendant may likely commit a similar offence, adding that Ugwuonye had the previous day gone on the internet to alleged that the nominal complainant had bribed the police and could bribe the Magistrate.
He also claimed that the defendant is also a citizen of the United States of America and could easily jump bail and not attend his trial.
Musa told the court further that it took the arrest of his sureties to compel him to respond to police invitation few days ago.
He therefore urged the court not to grant the application for bail.
However, Musa did not oppose the bail application made by Inegedu on behalf of Udoh and Khamagam.
In her short ruling, Magistrate Mabel Bello, however, granted Ugwuonye bail in the sum of N5million and one surety in like sum.
The Magistrate held that the surety who must be a resident of Abuja with identifiable workplace and residential addresses, must be of a monthly income of not less than N300, 000 monthly.
Magistrate Bello however released Udoh and Khamagam on bail on self-recognizance, noting that the defendants are not flight risk and would attend court for their trail.
While the court adjourned for March 16 for the commencement of Ugwuonye’s trial, that of Udoh and Khamagam was adjourned till March 30.
Mrs. Charity Aiyedogbon was declared missing on May 9, 2016, after announcing on her Facebook account that she was embarking on a road trip.
She was later found murdered in a brutal manner.
The body of the 42-year-old mother of four was found ‘gruesomely’ decapitated and mutilated along the Bwari expressway, Dutse, Abuja, opposite the Lower Usman Dam on May 12, 2016.
Report also has it that her mutilated and already decomposing body was found by school children, who were playing in the bushes close to a stream, and was then reported to the Bwari Council, Environmental Sanitation Department who disposed of the body in accordance with the law.
A thorough investigation after the discovery of her body showed that Charity had been murdered days before she was declared missing.