A 47-year-old businessman, Segun Isaac, was on Wednesday arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for failing to produce a suspect he stood for as surety in a fraud case.
The police charged Isaac, who resides in Agege, Lagos, with conspiracy, disobedience of lawful order and perversion of justice.
The police prosecutor, Sgt. Olasukanmi Adejumola, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 24 at the Area ‘P’ Command Headquarters, Ipaja, Lagos.
He said that the defendant conspired with another person to obstruct, prevent and pervert the course of justice.
Adejumola said that the defendant stood as surety for a trader, Dele Alabi, who was arrested for defrauding Audu Itopa of N1 million.
He said that the police released Alabi to the defendant, who promised to produce him whenever the police needed him.
The prosecution said that the defendant had failed to produce Alabi.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 97, 123 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 97 prescribes seven years’ jail term for obstructing justice while Section 411 specifies two years’ term for conspiracy.
Following his plea of not guilty, Magistrate O.A. Odubayo, admitted Isaac to bail in the sum of N200,000, with two sureties in like sum.
He ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The magistrate adjourned the matter until Jan. 11, 2021 for further hearing.