A 23-year-old dismissed sergeant, Musa Musa, who was among three policemen who allegedly burgled the house of former President Goodluck Jonathan was arraigned by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja, on Tuesday.
The accused, who alongside the others allegedly burgled the house at 89, Fourth Avenue, Gwarimpa district, Abuja, was said to have stolen items, including furniture, television sets, refrigerators, air-conditioner units and others, valued at N30m.
The police arraigned Musa before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Wuse, during which he pleaded not guilty.
He was thereafter granted bail by the Chief Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, in the sum of N7m with a surety in like sum.
She said, “Until the court is sufficiently satisfied and convinced by available materials placed before it to deny the bail of the accused, his right to bail must not be denied. There is no material before the court to support the submission by the prosecution that the allegations of house breaking, mischief and theft, contrary to sections 358, 326 and 288 of the Penal Code Law, Cap 89 Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963, is of national importance and national security.
“In the absence of such evidence before the court, the accused should be tried strictly on the basis of the allegations against him.”
According to the bail conditions, Musa is to provide a surety, who must be a civil servant of any grade with an easily identifiable address in Abuja.
The First Information Report against the dismissed policeman, dated August 8, 2017, read, “The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, is informed that you, Musa Musa, a dismissed police officer, on or before July 5, 2017, unlawfully broke into the residence of a former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, situated at Gwarimpa, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, and stole all the internal fittings, furniture, clothes, electrical fittings, water heaters, kitchen shelves, wardrobes, refrigerators, doors, and went further to steal canopies and hide same on the premises, valued at N30m, belonging to the former president, thereby committing the above mentioned offences.”