An Upper Area court sitting in Gudu Abuja has granted bail to the whistle blower Ahmed Echoda who is charged by the Nigerian police for allegedly giving false information that led to a raid on the guesthouse of the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.
Echoda wa remanded in Keffi prison last week after being arraigned before the court by the office of the inspector general of police on a one-count charge bordering on alleged criminal conspiracy and providing false information.
The police had accused Mr Echoda and one Maiwada Adamu now at large for giving misleading information that led to a raid on the deputy senate president’s guest house in Maitama Abuja to which the defendant had denied.
In a ruling, Venerable Umar Kagarko granted the defendant bail in the sum of NGN500, 000 and a surety who must have a fixed address within the jurisdiction of the court.
The defense counsel, Peter Ugwuoke who had urged the court to grant the defendant bail spoke after the ruling.
“He has been granted bail in line with the law. So it’s in the interest of justice and in line with the constitutional provision because Section 36/5 of the 1999 constitution as amended stipulates that the defendant or the accused is innocent until the contrary is proved. And the purpose of bail in criminal prosecution is to enable the defendant prepare for his defense.”
The police prosecutor, David Taiwo who had opposed the bail application was not available for comment.
The case was adjourned till July 20 for trial.