Four accused persons including the traditional ruler of Omokiri-Aluu, Alhaji Hassan Walewa, were granted bail yesterday as the trial of the killing of four University of Port Harcourt students in the community continued in a Port Harcourt High Court.
The trial judge, Justice Latam Nyordee, granted the four persons bail to the tune of N2 million and two sureties in like sum as the sureties must also be verified to be resident in the trial jurisdiction and have evidence of landed property and updated tax record in the past five years.
Justice Nyordee in the ruling on various bail applications for all 12 accused persons currently standing trial said the 9th to the 12th persons charged with negligence to prevent murder have basis to be granted bail in relation to the weight of allegations against them.
However the court denied bail to 1st to the 8th accused persons affirming that it does not find sufficient basis to grant the applications as the charge of murder carrying capital punishment against them, makes it impossible to grant them bail.
Those granted bail apart from Alhaji Walewa include Okogoro Endurance, Ozioma Abajuo and Chigozie Evans Samuel, the 10th, 11th and 12th accused respectively.
Those denied bail include Lawal Segun, ex-Sgt. Lucky Orji, Ikechukwu Levis Amadi, David Chimada, Abiodun Yusuf, Joshua Egbe, Cyril Abana and John Ayuwu also known as Johnny Baba.
Trial resumes October 31st with the court expected to rule on the argument between the prosecution and the defense particularly counsel to the 2nd accused, Emmanuel John on the admissibility of a video footage on the murder scene downloaded from Youtube and played to the court during yesterday’s hearing