A surety is about now cooling off his feet in prison custody for the inability to produce a defendant in court.
The decision to keep the surety in prison was reached at Lugbe Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, where a 26-year-old surety, Jaromo Odeh was sentenced to a month imprisonment for his failure to present a defendant.
Odeh, who resides in Kabayi Mararaba, Nasrawa State however pleaded guilty on a charge of screening of an offender.
The judge, Mr Abdullahi Garba, in his ruling held that the convict be given an option of N10, 000 fine after which he instructed him to turn a new leave.
In addition, the judgment also included that the convict pay a sum of N75, 000 as compensation to the complainant, one Mr Adedeji Adams.
The court was briefed by the prosecutor, Miss Vivian Oporomo, who said Odeh came to Lugbe Police Station to bail on Emmanuel Haruna of Gwarimpa Sahara on June 23.
In Oporomo’s account, she said that one Kelvin Amalu, stole a Glo registration machine belonging to the complainant. She also added that the machine, which is valued at N150,000, was sold to one Emmanuel Haruna.
Her words: “Amalu and Haruna were arrested and brought to Lugbe Police Station for proper investigation.
“But the convict bailed Haruna now at large, the person who was accused of buying the stolen Glo registration machine from Amalu.
The prosecutor was however displeased when the convict failed to present Haruna at the Lugbe Police Station.
Oporomo however said the convict held up to his offence while being interrogated by the police.