By Achike Amadi, AbakalikiÂ
A magistrate court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital has granted bail to no fear than 88 members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
Those who secured reprieve from the court were those arrested by the State Police Command Abakaliki during this yearâ€™s Biafra Day celebration.Â
Men working in the command had stormed Nkaliki Primary School, Abakaliki Local Government area of the state, venue of an inter-denominational service by the group and arrested many members mid way into prayer session to commemorate the 2016 Bifra day.Â
They were subsequently arraigned before the court on a four count charge of conspiracy, belonging to an unlawful society, membership of unlawful group and possession of items calling for the declaration of Biafra.Â
All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges after the charges were read to them.
Counsel to the accused persons; Mr. Jerry Ezenyi in his argument made application for their bail saying that their offence was bailable.Â
But in his own argument, the prosecution counsel Adeola Elumaru opposed the bail application saying the accused persons had been arrested in the past for same offence.Â
In her ruling, the trial Magistrate, Stella Ogoke granted the accused persons bail with N500,000 and seven sureties who must be within the magisterial jurisdiction.Â
She said the sureties must be civil servants or businessmen and adjourned the matter to July, 18, 2016 for definite hearing.