Court Remands 10 Currency Counterfeiters in Kogi

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A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Lokoja has remanded 10 suspected fake currency printers who were arrested on December 15, 2013.

The accused persons are members of a syndicate which specialised in printing and circulation of fake naira notes. Following the arrest of one of them in Lokoja, they were traced to Lagos where other members of the group were rounded up.

In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Husseni Alhassan, stated that after taking cognisance of the judicial authorities cited by the two learned defence lawyers and the gravity of the offence committed by the accused persons, the Court cannot grant the accused persons bail.

Alhassan ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody, while adjourning the case to February 20, 2014 for hearing.

Earlier in their submissions, Messrs. C.O Ahmadu and Deborah Isah appearing for accused persons 1,2,3,5,8 and 10 respectively, applied through oral application to admit them to bail.

Both defence counsels cited section341sub 2 a,b,c of the criminal Procedure Code and Section 35(5)of the constitution of Federal Republic as amended to and also pleaded that the accused persons would not jump bail and that they would attend all the trails.

The State Counsel, Mr Mohammed Abaji, who urged the court not to grant the accused persons bail, cited relevant sections of statues to buttress his point, and noted that the nature of the offence may make the accused persons jump the bail if granted.




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