An Upper Area Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja has remanded Mr. Ahmed Echoda in Keffi Prison for giving false information, which led to the raid on Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu’s home.
Echoda was remanded after his arraignment on a one-count charge of criminal conspiracy and given false information to mislead public servant contrary to 97(1) and 140 of Penal Code Law.
The charge signed by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ibrahim Agu reads: “That you Ahmed Echoda age 50 of No 44 Living Truth Street, Masaka, Nassarawa State and one Maiwada Adamu now at large did conspired within yourselves by informing the office of IGP at Guzepe Area of FCT Abuja that House No 10 Gamges Street Maitama FCT, Abuja occupied by Oliver Ogbenyi is being maintained and used for criminal activities, including keeping of arms and ammunitions.
Unfortunately, after the police carried out diligence execution of the search warrant no incriminating items were found there.You are by such action mislead the police and hereby committed the above offences.”
After the charge was read, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the one count charge.
he defendant, who was given a chance to speak in court, said the police have not proven to him how he passed false information to them.
“I neither passed written nor verbal information to the police,” the defendant said.
The defence counsel, Peter Ugwuoke, then applied for bail for the defendant.
Police prosecution counsel David Taiwo opposed the bail application, saying the offence committed by the defendant is not ordinarily bailable
“The accused may tamper with investigation since one of the accused persons is still at large
“Therefore, we are praying the court to refuse this bail application,” he said.
ter listening to both parties, Chief Magistrate Umar Kagarko adjourned till June 5, for ruling on the bail application.