Lawyer Docked For Jumping Bail

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A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Kenneth Ebrohim, has been arraigned before a Shomolu Magistrate’s  Court, Lagos, Nigeria for jumping bail.

Ebrohim, a defendant in a case of assault and willful damage of properties belonging to Mr.  Jimi Badejo Ogunba, was charged under Section 351 and 451 of the Criminal Code Cap C 17,  Vol.2 laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail on self recognition in the sum of  N50,000, but each time the case came up for hearing, Ebrohim did not appear in court.

On the fourth adjourned date, the lawyer was again absent and a warrant was issued against  him, according to the police prosecutor, Mr. Akinlabi Adegoke.

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He was later arraigned on one-count charge which reads, “that you Kenneth Ebrohim M. being  the defendant in the charge No.MCS/66A/10, Commissioner of Police Vs Kenneth Ebrohim and  granted bail on self recognition in the sum of N50,000 and the case was called 16 June and  25 August, 2010, for the continuation of trial and you were absent without any excuse before  the court and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 125 of the Administration of  Criminal Justice, Laws of Lagos State, 2007.”

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and he was granted bail in the sum of N50,000 with one  surety in like sum.

Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, the presiding magistrate ordered that the address of the surety must be  verified while she adjourned the case till 15 September, 2010 for trial.

—Paul Sanusi