A 21-year-old man, Bitrus Moses, was, on Monday, docked before a Chief Magistrate Court in Plateau State for allegedly endangering his life during the March 11, 2012 bomb blast at St. Finbarrs Catholic Church, Rayfield, Jos. Eidiong Enontuk, the police prosecutor, told the court that Moses was told to leave the church premises before the bomb went off, but he refused.
Enontuk said it was security operatives who rushed the accused to Jos University Teaching Hospital for medical attention after the bomb detonated.
“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,” he said. “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.”
His counsel, I. Gyang, filed a bail application, arguing that his client’s offence was a bailable one. The prosecutor did not oppose the application.
Chief Magistrate Helen Danboyi, in her ruling, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50,000, with a surety of good integrity in like sum. The case was adjourned to October 16 for further hearing.