BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS – A Magistrate Court in Jos today granted bail to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ‘factional Chairman’ and ‘Publicity secretary’ in the state, but maintained that the duo would remain in prison custody till their bail conditions are fulfilled.
Gyang Badung and Emmanuel Macham, ‘Chairman’ and ‘Publicity Secretary’ respectively, were this morning dragged before a Magistrate Court presided over by Tongret Kporbon in a case of direct criminal complaint brought against them pursuant to Sections 142(F) of the Criminal Procedure Code and Sections 97, 132, and 399 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria.
According to the suit number CMCKW/DCR23/2017, the complainants, Hon Damishi Sango, PDP State Chairman, and Hon John Telpak, Publicity Secretary, contended that following the Party’s congresses that took place in 2016, they emerged competently as Chairman and Publicity Secretary respectively.
Both complainants said they are aggrieved that “the first and second accused persons have been parading themselves as Chairman and Publicity Secretary of the PDP Plateau State Chapter in media houses and other places, especially Unity FM in Jos North LGA, Plateau State”.
They also complained that “the accused persons have been doing a lot of things to disturb public peace by instigating members of the complainant against the leadership of the complainant in Plateau state and have also been threatening to destroy the complainant using whatsoever means”.
Accordingly, a four-count charge of conspiracy, impersonation, criminal intimidation, and intentional provocation, all punishable under sections 97,132, 396, 397a&b, and 399 of the Penal Code was preferred against the accused who pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all the charges.
Ruling on the bail application made by counsel to the accused, Magistrate Tongret Kporbon agreed with the submission of the accused counsel that “the offences are ordinarily bailable”, and reminded the prosecution counsel that the offences are not “capital Offences to warrant the instruments of bond or undertaking.”
The court therefore granted the accused bail in the sum of five million Naira each, and a surety who must not be below Grade level 12 in the public service, and with a verifiable plot of land in Jos.