A 65-year-old man, Abdulrahmon Suleimon, was on Tuesday docked at the Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, for allegedly failing to produce a defendant he stood surety for.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Suleiman, whose address was not provided, was charged with perversion of justice.
The prosecutor, Insp Opeyemi Olagunju, told the court that, on May 27, 2020 at 9.00 a.m. at the court, Suleimon entered into recognisance to produce one Abayomi Adebayo in court when needed.
“Suleimon stood as surety for Adebayo, who is a defendant in a case of obtaining by false pretences, stealing and impersonation on charge No: MI /343c / 2020.
“Suleimon, with intent to pervert the course of justice, did produce an affidavit bearing that Abayomi Adebayo is his uncle, knowingly that to be false,” he said.
The prosecutor added that Suleimon failed to produce Adebayo in court since arraignment in May 2020.
He said the offences contravened Sections 117 and 126 of the Criminal Code of Oyo State, 2000.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Olaide Hamzat, granted him bail in the sum of one million naira with two sureties in like sum.
Hamzat ordered that one of the sureties must own a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.
He adjourned the case until Nov. 16, for hearing