Two UniAbuja Students Charged With Murder Get Bail In Sum of N5m

Two undergraduate students of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), who were charged with murder by the Nigerian Police, have been admitted to bail in the sum of N5 million.

Christian Francis, 17 and David Ogwu, 16, who were accused in a three-count charge of conspiracy, failure to give information and culpable homicide, were arraigned before a FCT High Court in Nyanya by the Police.

The 100L students were alleged to have gone to the Dome Hotel Abuja for a pool party on the 27th of April where the police alleged they conspired to commit the offence.

Court grants bail to UniAbj students. Photo: Punch
Court grants bail to UniAbj students. Photo: Punch

The prosecution counsel, Dabo Yakubu, told the court on the 3rd of July that the defendants and the deceased, Emmanuel Balogun entered the pool together to swim on the 27th of April, 2019.

Yakubu alleged that when the defendants noticed that the deceased had drown, they swam out of the pool, dressed up and went back to school without help the deceased.


Yakubu further alleged that the defendants failed to inform any public servant or the police that the deceased did not know how to swim. He stated that the offence contravened sections 97, 224 and 138(B) of the criminal law.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the allegations against them.

Following an application by their counsel, the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, yesterday, granted them bail and ordered them to produce one surety each, who must not be below the level of an assistant director in the Federal Civil Service.

Justice Idris added that the surety must have a landed property in Abuja and must swear to an affidavit of means while the defendants must deposit their travelling documents with the court.

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