Abuja - A prosecutor, Sgt. Samuel Bulus, on Monday told an FCT Senior Magistrates' Court how a female police officer allegedly misled investigators in a criminal case involving her two younger siblings.
He identified the female officer as Hauwa Suleiman, an inspector, attached to the National Assembly Police Station, Abuja.
Bulus made the allegation while arraigning Nafisatu Suleiman, the second accused and one of the female inspector’s siblings, charged with criminal trespass and causing grievous hurt.
The prosecutor said that Suleiman had earlier lodged a complaint against Abebi Giwa and Evelyn Adegbe, who are her neighbours, at the Garki Police Station, Abuja.
He alleged that the female officer, in her report, accused Abebi and Evelyn of conspiring with an unknown gunman to invade her house, rape and rob her of her valuables.
“The police immediately went into action and discovered that the female officer misled investigators with false information on what actually transpired.”
“Investigation revealed that Nafisatu and her sister, Zainab Suleiman (first accused), attacked Abebi and Evelyn with iron rods in their apartment.”
“The second accused and her sister succeeded in inflicting injuries on Abebi and Evelyn and also destroyed their household effects worth N400 000.”
He said the offences are contrary to sections 97, 342, 288, 397b and 327 of the Penal Code, but the accused denied the charges and prayed the court to grant her bail.
But the prosecutor objected to the bail application, saying that Zainab, the first accused, was supposed to be in court but abused the privilege given to her by the police.
“Each of the charges carries three years imprisonment, and I pray this honourable court to deny the accused bail in the interest of justice,” Bulus said.
In her ruling, Senior Magistrate Anna Akobi admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N200 000 with a reliable surety in like sum.
Akobi ruled that the surety must be a Federal Civil Servant not below Grade Level 10 and must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.
She adjourned the case to January 30, 2014, for further hearing.