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Civil Servant in court over failure to produce accused to stand trial

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A civil servant, Ifenekwe Okechukwu, on Friday appeared in a Wuse Zone II Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja over failure to produce an accused in a criminal case.

Okechukwu, who works in the Legal Department National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Jabi district Abuja, is charged with screening of an offender.

The Prosecutor, Mr A. O. Olaofe, told the court that the case was reported to the Chief Magistrate sometime in May 2016.

Olaofe said Okechukwu stood as surety for Joy Amaukwu, who is charged with criminal breach of trust, cheating and issuance of dud cheque involving N1.9 million.

He said that consequently after the bail for Amaukwu was approved, the defendant failed to produce her.

The prosecutor said all efforts to compel Okechukwu to produce Amaukwu failed.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 167 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Njideka Duru,  admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000  and adjourned the case until May 15, for further mention

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