The Akwa Ibom State police command has arraigned five persons in a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Ini Local Government Area for allegedly stealing cassava worth N10million from a farm.
The suspects, three women and two men, were said to have stolen the cassava from a farm owned by the FEYREP, a pet project of the wife of the state governor, Dr. Martha Emmanuel.
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It was gathered that the stolen cassava was meant for the upkeep of widows and the less privileged.
Senior Magistrate Edehe-udim Joseph Akpabio admitted all the accused to bail in the sum of N5million each and one surety each in like sum.
The magistrate described the offence as bailable and ordered that the sureties must be either public servants in the employ of the Akwa Ibom State Government or a certificated traditional ruler.
The court also held that the sureties must deposit their two recent passport-sized photographs, with a photocopy of their national identity cards or any other means of permanent identification.
The magistrate also directed the accused persons to sign a register with the assistant chief registrar of the court every other Monday till the case is concluded.