A former member of the House of Representative, Hon. Nze Chidi Duru. was arraigned yesterday for alleged stealing.
Also arraigned with him by the Zone 2 Command, Nigeria Police Force, Onikan, Lagos, was a senior lawyer, Mr. Smart Iheazor.
They were charged with four counts bordering of stealing, breach of peace, and impersonation.
The honorable and his lawyer friend invaded the head office of the First Guarantee Pension Limited (FGPL) office.
The police said they hit the place with intent to forcefully take over assets of the Pension Fund Administrator, PFA.
They were also alleged to have carted away some valuables belonging to the company.
Duru and Iheazor are both lawyers.
They allegedly committed the offenses at No. 65, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja in Lagos.
Both defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the offenses.
During the court proceedings, Duru’s lawyer said his client was about slumping in the court.
His lawyer, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), informed the court that Duru had just been discharged from the hospital.
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He said his client was bundled from the hospital to the court the same day.
But the prosecutor objected, noting that the doctor at the police hospital, where Duru was admitted, had certified him (Duru) fit.
Magistrate Adefulire, after listening to both counsel, ordered the defendants to take their pleas.
Thereafter, counsel for the defendants persuaded the court to grant the accused bail on self-recognition.
He noted that both were senior lawyers, while Duru is a former member of the House of Representatives.
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The prosecutor objected to the bail on self-recognition insisting that they should be given sureties as they reside in Abuja, not Lagos.
The magistrate granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 each with one surety each in like sum.
The matter was adjourned till March 9, 2017, for trial.
Duru was arrested and detained by the police on January 13, 2017, for the alleged offenses.