Ex-policeman gets N7m bail for allegedly burgling Jonathan’s house

A Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court,
Abuja on Tuesday granted bail of N7 million to
a former police officer, Musa Musa, for
allegedly breaking into the Abuja house of
former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Musa, who broke into Jonathan’s apartment
situated at Gwarinpa District of the FCT on July
5, is charged with mischief and theft.

In her ruling, Senior Magistrate Mabel Segun-
Bello, ordered the defendant to produce one
reliable surety who must be a civil servant.
Segun-Bello said that the surety must also
reside within the FCT. According to her, the
provision of the Constitution is clear about the
right to liberty of every individual but where
reasons exist that the accused will jump bail,
bail will be denied.

“Sufficient reason was not placed before the
court that the accused will jump bail or a
concrete evidence that the matter is of national
interest,’’ Segun-Bello said.
The magistrate, therefore, adjourned the
matter for hearing until October 3. The
Prosecutor, Mr Stanley Nwodo had told the
court that the matter was reported to the
Commissioner of Police, FCT Command on July
Nwodo said that the defendant stole all the
internal fittings, furniture, clothes, electrical
fittings, water heater and kitchen utensils from
the house.

The others items, he said, were wardrobes,
chandeliers, refrigerators, doors and canopies
valued N30 million. He said that the offence
contravened sections 353, 326 and 288 of the
Penal Code Cap 89, Laws of the Northern
Nigeria 1963.
Musa, however, pleaded not guilty to all the
The prosecutor opposed the application for
bail, contending that the matter was already an
issue of national interest.
According to him, if the defendant is granted
bail, he will definitely jump bail. Nwodo said
that granting bail to the defendant would
contravene the provision of Section 1 of the
Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
“The accused will jump bail if it is granted, he
has no provision for a reliable surety, justice is
not one-way traffic, I prayed this court to
remand him in prison,’’ he said.

Mr Gabriel Egbule, the Counsel to the
defendant had urged the court to admit his
client to bail because he was still innocent until
the contrary was proved.
Egbule said that the offence was bailable and
urged that bail should be granted to him on
liberal terms.
He also cited Section 36(5) of the 1999
Constitution and sections 158 and 162 of the
ACJA that allow the court to exercise its
discretion in favour of his client.
He said that the prosecution had not shown
sufficient cause why his client should be
refused bail.

“The prosecution has not told the court
whether the matter is a capital offence or deal
with national security.
“We urged this court to be guided by the law of
the land and admit the defendant to bail.
“No material evidence has been placed before
the court to show that the defendant will jump
bail,” Egbule said. 

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