Igoche Daniel Adah, a fired teacher, has been ordered to remain in custody in Kuje Prison in Abuja pending the outcome of his bail plea by the Federal Capital Territory’s High Court.
The accused was mandated to be held on remand by Justice Akeem Fashola.
He will remain behind bars until July 12, when his request for bail will be decided.
The fired teacher was on trial for crimes relating to sexual abuse at the request of the FCT Command’s Commissioner of Police.
In the court hearings on Thursday, Adah was charged with one count of repeatedly touching a 14-year-old student at Destiny Academy, Lugbe in Abuja on April 15, 2021, while the student was a student.
However, the defendant entered a not guilty plea to the offense covered by section 32 of the Child Rights Act.
Sincere attempts by his attorney, Emmanuel Agwuamu, to gain bail for him failed because of the number of materials that Police Counsel Mr. John Ijagbemi presented to the court to refute the bail application.
Among other things, the prosecution attorney called the court’s attention to the fact that the defendant twice skipped court appearances to enter a plea without good reason.
He explained to the court that before he could be found and brought to court, a bench warrant had to be filed against him and carried out by police officers.
The prisoner allegedly committed another crime of a similar sort while out on administrative release, and the attorney claimed that the court should be cautious before releasing the defendant on bail.
The police attorney added that the administrative bail given to him by the police commissioner was misused since he refused to accept invitations from officers to prepare for his defense to the charges brought against him after being allowed to return home.
In addition, the prosecutor said that the defendant’s surety was forced to resign from defending him after it became clear that they were being evasive.
After hearing arguments in favor of and against the bail motion, Justice Fashola set July 12 for the delivery of his decision.
He claimed that in order to reach a just decision, the Police Commissioner’s exhibits as well as the numerous authorities referenced in support of and against the bail application must be carefully evaluated.
The judge instructed Kuje Correctional Center staff members present in court to hold the defendant in custody until the scheduled hearing on July 12.
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