The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Port Harcourt , Rivers State has granted bail to two Carveton pilots and 10 passengers of Carveton Helicopters.
The pilot and their passengers were accused of contravening the lockdown order by the state government in a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state. Rivers State which has recorded only 2 cases of the Coronavirus still remains one of the few state to hold a low number of case. According to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos state holds the highest number of Coronavirus case in the Country.
The bail was granted by the Chief Magistrate D.D. Ihua-Maduenyi on Tuesday following a bail application by their lawyer. The bail which mandated the accused to present surety from Carveton Helicopters ( surety must own a landed property in Port Harcourt) and the two pilots must be present in court during their trials.
The Chief Magistrate also insisted that the surety will sign a bail bond of a million naira each making it two million for the pilots while the passengers will also provide management employees of the Carveton Helicopters who will be able to sign a surety of N500,000 each and should be available for trails.
According to Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zaccheus Adangor said the government is only interested in prosecuting the defendants within the ambit of the law adding that a release would be made after the conditions of bail are met.