A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere yesterday, ordered a landlord to pro-duce a defendant, Friday Ibor, 33, within two weeks or go to prison, following his statement to the police that he will produce him when needed, if granted bail.
The trial judge, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, in his ruling said, “I have heard enough from the landlord not to ask him to proceed to prison. However, inasmuch as he has promised the police that he will produce Friday Ibor upon release, the landlord is hereby released.
And if he does not produce the Friday Ibor or assist in the re-arrest of Friday Ibor, I shall consider him as constructively harbouring a criminal and interfering with the course of justice and exercise the power of this court in that respect.”
The court further ordered that police should immediately arrest and charge Mr Innocent Onwubiko, CEO of EDS, for receiving stolen property amongst other things. Ibor, who lives at 22/23, Nnemekuzo Street in Iba, Lagos, and six others were accused of stealing a N 6,285 million cheque.
The charge reads; (LCD/175/2011): “Raphael Akindolie, Anthony Ebeogu, Friday Ibor, Korede Oladimeji, Osegua Jeremiah, Daniel Foludu, Edwin Jimoh and others at large, between May 5, 2010 and June 29, 2010 at Maza Maza in the Lagos judicial division conspired to steal.”
However, at the proceeding yesterday, the police was able to produce Egbeogu, Oladimeji and Foludu, while Ibor was said to have run away when the police went to effect his arrest. The matter was adjourned to May 5, for the bail application of the defendants to be moved.