Following the burgling of the apartment of former Nigerian President, Mr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, a Police Sergeant Mr Musa Musa has been dismissed and arraigned yesterday before an Abuja chief magistrate court sitting in Wuse Zone over his alleged involvement in the looting of the Abuja residence of former President.
Musa had pleaded not guilty to the First Information Report levelled against him.
Musa, 23, was said to have allegedly “broke into the residence of former President Jonathan, situated at Gwarimpa within the jurisdiction of this court and stole (1) all the internal fittings (2) furniture (3) cloth (4) electrical fittings (5) water heaters (6) kitchen shelf (7) wardrobes (8) chandelier (9) refrigerators (10) door and went further to steal canopies,” valued at N30 million.
Following the period after Musa took his plea, Police lawyer, Stanley Nwodo, urged the court to deny him bail claiming;
“This is a case of national interest, which involves national security. Granting him bail will foil the trial of this case and contravene Section 1 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA.
“We also contend that the accused person will jump bail if released. This is because he did so at the early stage of investigation of this matter at Gwarimpa Division of the Police. It is on record.”
Nevertheless, Magistrate Shegu-Bello held that “the prosecution has failed to satisfy this court that this case is of national interest or involves national security. He added.
“There is no doubt that the nominal complainant in this matter is of national importance, but the matter before this court is not of national importance.” She said the court was minded to conduct the trial the same way it would attend to a theft case concerning any other citizen and consequently granted him N7 million bails with one surety in like sum.
The court said that the surety must be a civil servant of any grade level that is resident in the FCT.
The case was then adjourned till October 3 for further hearing.