Man Arraigned For Negligence In Jos Church Blast

Man Arraigned For Negligence In Jos Church Blast

One Bitrus Moses, 21, was on Monday arraigned before a Chief Magistrates’ Court 5 for alleged negligence during the March 11, 2012 bomb blast at St. Finbarrs Catholic Church, Rayfield, Jos, Plateau State.

Police prosecutor, Eidiong Enontuk, told the court that Moses was rescued by security operatives during the blast at the church and rushed to the Jos University Teaching Hospital for medical attention.

Enontuk alleged that the suspect was earlier warned to leave the church premises when he was seen loitering around the area but he refused, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

“My Lord, the suspect did not have anything doing at the scene but only sat at the church gate, where he was affected when the blast occurred.

“Moses’ insistence to stay around the premises and having been affected by the blast, he had endangered his life.

“And thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 196 of the Penal Code,” he said.

But when the charge was read to the suspect, he pleaded not guilty.

Counsel to Moses, Mr. I. P. Gyang, applied for his bail arguing that the offence was bailable.

Enontuk did not oppose to the bail application.

Chief Magistrate Helen Danboyi, in her ruling, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50, 000.

She said the suspect must produce a surety of good integrity in like sum and must produce two passport photographs.

The case has been adjourned till October 16 for further hearing.

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