The Fct magistrate court, Wuse , Abuja has ruled that the six endsars protesters arrested Friday morning be reminded in the correctional center pending their bail application is probably made.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecuting counsel, John Ijagbemi, applied for the remand of the defendants at the correctional center while stating that they had the tendency to commit the same offence if admitted to bail. He also argued that the action of the defendants was a threat to the peace and security of the society.
The lead defence counsel, Tope Akinyode, while opposing the application, submitted that that the court has the discretion to admit the defendants to bail on liberal terms. He cited section 32 sub section 1,2 and 3) of Administration of Criminal Justice Act ( ACJA ). He also cited section Section 158, 163 & 164 to support his bail application.
The protesters were charged with 4 count which included, criminal conspiracy,inciting public disturbance,unlawful possession and public nuisance. The defendants lead by Tope Akinyode said the bail applications will be made as ruled by the court. The next hearing of the case is 25 January, 2021.
You will recall that the police on Friday teargassed some End SARS protesters in Abuja. The protesters were attacked at the gate of the National Assembly, NASS, by some police officers. The demonstrators gathered in front of NASS complex to paint End SARS graffiti on the floor to remind the Nigerian Government of their demands.