By Talatu Maiwada
Abuja, – Two security guards were on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for alleged negligent conduct.
The police charged John Archibong, 47, and Ayodele Alao, 30, both securitymen at Arewa Specialist Hospital Jabi, Abuja, with negligent conduct.
The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Stanley Nwafoaku, told the court that on Nov.1, at about 12:15 p.m, two complainants, Mr Mustapha Abdullahi and his spouse Fatima Abubakar reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station.
Nwafoaku alleged that on Oct.31, at about 2 p.m the complainants parked their vehicles a Toyota Corola and Toyota Hilux at the hospital premises.
He alleged that after the couple returned to their car, they realised both cars were burgled by unkown men.
The counsel told the court that the Toyota Corolla was burgled by the driver’s seat and her baby’s bag containing diapers, water flask, clothes and an international passport was stolen.
He further alleged that the Hilux car was technically opened and a ”Macban” Apple laptop worth N1 million was stolen.
Nwafoaku told the court that the defendants negligently allowed such crime to be perpetrated, while they were on duty to guard all vehicle packed inside the hospital premises.
The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 196 of the penal code law.
The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Defence Counsel, Charity Nwosu made a bail application for his clients in the most liberal terms.
Nwosu made the application citing Section 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted same.
The prosecution counsel, however, did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel.
The Judge, Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500, 000 and one surety each in like sum.
Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out, recent passport photograph and a valid identification card, which must be verified by the court registrar.
The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan. 17 for hearing. (NAN)