Port Harcourt Court Grants bail To Two Caverton Helicopters Pilots
A Port Harcourt Chief Magistrate Court Tuesday granted bail to two pilots of Caverton Helicopters, Samuel Ugorji and Samuel Buhari.
The pilots were accused by the State Government of contravening the Executive Order of Governor Nyesom Wike, issued to check the spread of coronavirus in the State.
The Court also granted bail to 10 passengers flown into Rivers by Caverton Helicopters’ pilots.
Chief Magistrate D.D . Ihua-Maduenyi granted the two pilots bail after hearing the bail application by their counsel.
The magistrate, in granting the two pilots bail, said they must present a surety who must be management staff of Caverton Helicopters.
The Court ruled that the surety must own a landed property in Port Harcourt and must ensure that the two pilots attended trial.
He added that the surety would sign a bail bond of N1 million each for the two pilots. The magistrate adjourned the matter to May 19, 2020 for trial.
Lawyer to the Caverton pilots, Nwokedi Ibe, had moved the bail application for the two pilots.
His bail application dated April 8, 2020, but filed on April 9, 2020. It was supported by a 28-paragraph affidavit.
Attorney-General of Rivers State, Professor Zaccheus Adangor who appeared for the State did not oppose the bail application.
He, however, urged the Court to set out bail conditions to ensure that the pilots attended their trial.
For the passengers, the Court ruled that they should present two sureties who must be management staff of Carverton Helicopters and that they must sign bail bond of N500,000 for each of the passengers, as well as undertake to bring the accused persons for trial.
They were arrested at the Air Force Base, Port Harcourt after the Rivers State Police Command received intelligence on their illegal flight into the State.
The 10 passengers who were granted bail include:
1. NWOGU CHIBUNA ‘M’, AGED 39YRS
2. PETER MICHAEL ‘M’AGED 43YRS
3. AJAGBA IHEAYNI ‘M’ AGED 35YRS