A Chief Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Tuesday granted bail to two pilots of Caverton Helicopters, Samuel Ugorji and Samuel Buhari, who were detained by the state government for flouting an Executive Order on COVID-19.
Chief Magistrate D.D. Ihua-Maduenyi also granted bail to 10 passengers who were flown into the Air Force Base in Port Harcourt through the company’s helicopter.
The passengers are – Nwogu Chibunna (39), Peter Michael (43), Ajagba Iheanyi (35), Ekperewechi Oguguo (43), Nsikan Pius (38), Abanobi Chinoso (27), Udoh Hagan (28), Okachukwu Chuks (41), Goddy Chukwu(42), and Omerurike Chijioke (43).
The defendants are to appear in court on May 19 for trial.
The magistrate granted the two pilots bail after hearing the bail application filed by their counsel.
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Lawyer for the Caverton pilots, Nwokedi Ibe, had presented a bail application, seeking the court to grant the two pilots bail.
While ruling on the application, Ihua-Maduenyi, asked the defendants to present a surety, who must be a management staff of Caverton Helicopters, own a landed property in Port Harcourt and ensure the pilots’ availability for trial.
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