Man sent to prison for failing to produce suspect he stood as surety for

A Nigerian man identified as Gajah Omayulele Lovely has been remanded in prison over his failure to produce a criminal suspect he stood as surety for.

Mr Lovely was arraigned before an Edo State High Court in Benin on Tuesday, February 23 on a two-count charge of conspiracy to pervert justice and failure to produce a suspect for whom he stood as surety.

According to the court, Mr Omayulele Lovely failed to cooperate with the EFCC in finding one Richman Pere, a criminal suspect now at large, that he stood as surety for.

One of the counts reads: “that you Gajah Omayulele Lovely on or about the 9th January 2021 whilst standing as surety to a suspect, one Richman Pere (at large) aided and abated his escape by refusing to produce him for arraignment before the Federal High Court, Benin..and failing to cooperate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in bringing him to custody and thereby committed an offence”.

The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge, prompting the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed to ask the court for a trial date and to remand the defendant in prison custody.

Justice Imadegbelo ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison till March 17, the new date for the trial.

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