Unlike the sureties of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who walk free despite being unable to provide him for trial, the Nigerian Police has on Wednesday reportedly arrested and docked Matthew Uduaka, a 37-year-old man who stood as surety for a suspect, Nancy Uduaka at the Badagry Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
Matthew, of unknown address, is currently facing a two-count charge of perversion of course of justice and failure to produce suspect.
The Magistrate, Mr Lazarus Hotepo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until December 12 for mention.
The Prosecutor, Inspector Clement Okuoimose, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on Oct.26, at Badagry Police Station, Badagry, Lagos State. He said the accused stood surety for Nancy in a case of breach of public peace and obtaining of money under false pretense.
Okuoimose said the accused promised to produce the suspect on Oct.30, and other subsequent dates she would be needed at the station but failed to do so. The prosecutor then said that the offences contravened Sections 409 and 97 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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