Chief Magistrate Timothy Abolarinwa of an Apapa Chief Magistrate Court has ordered that a 34-year-old businessman, Pius Ozumba, be remanded at Kirikiri prisons for jumping bail that was earlier admitted to him by the court in 2013.
The chief magistrate ordered that the accused be remanded in prisons custody pending the determination of the criminal charge levelled against him by the police, and to enable him to be available in court anytime the case comes up for hearing.
The accused person, who is alleged to specialise in sending fake bank alerts to unsuspecting members of the public to dispose them of large sums of money, is standing trial before the court over an alleged theft of goods worth N9.5 million.
The prosecutor, Inspector Tony Idibe had informed the court that the accused was first arraigned on January 3, 2013, and admitted bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in the same like sum by the former trial chief magistrate, O. I. Adelaja (Mrs).
The prosecutor informed the court that not soon than the accused perfected the bail conditions and released, he absconded, compelling the court to issue a bench warrant against him.
Idibe also informed that while the bench warrant was still subsisting, the former prosecutor, Mr. Soji Ojaokomo traced the second surety to his residence but he could not be found as the prosecutor was told that the surety had moved out of the house.
Idibe, consequently, urged the court to revoke the bail that was earlier granted the accused since the sureties were nowhere to be found.
In response to the prosecutor’s submission, the accused person’s lawyer, Mr. Noble Osuji stated that from what he gathered the accused had been coming to court only to stop after sometime, due to accommodation challenge he had, adding that the accused had been in police custody for over one week before he was re-arraigned.
He submitted that one of the reasons for the accused to be granted bail was to ensure that he attended court proceedings whenever his case came up.
He therefore urged the court to allow his client to still continue with the former bail condition earlier granted him.
But Chief Magistrate Bolarinwa, who was not satisfied with the submission of counsel to the accused, said that he could not grant the accused bail with the same sureties just because the offence was a bailable offence, adding that the sureties had proven not to be responsible.
The chief magistrate also stated that the sureties ran away and one of them was arrested, arraigned and was granted bail out of pity so that he could produce the accused, but only to jump bail.
The chief magistrate therefore dismissed the submission of the counsel for the accused to continue with the former bail conditions, as the second charge against him was different from the first one, adding that with the way the accused and the sureties jumped bail, he had to remain in prison custody pending the determination of the matter.
He said that the second case on which the accused person was being tried was that of disobedience to court order to appear before the court on his matter for over two years.
However, the matter has been adjourned to January 27, 2016, for mention.
The accused was first arraigned before the court on January 1, 2013, on a four count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery, stealing and obtaining under false pretence.
Earlier, the prosecutor informed the court that the accused had on August 17 and 18 2012, at Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos, forged bank document with which he fraudulently used to obtain goods such as cable wire worth N9, 335,000 by false pretence from one Moses Adebayo.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, are contrary to and punishable under sections 409, 359,360 (1), (a), (b) (c), 312 (1), (a), (b), (2) and 285 (5) (a), (b), (c) of the criminal law of Lagos state 2011.

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