The accused, Mr Tamunotonye Jacob was granted bail to the sum of N2 million naira and a surety who must be a civil servant of not less than level grade 12 civil servant. In his ruling, Wednesday, Justice Okara said the bail application based on the medical condition also received application for the other four suspects.
Esther Engbeke, Tamnatonye Jacob, Wodu Ebike Bamu, Emmanuel Dorgu and Sinclair Thursday are being tried for alleged conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The accused had denied the charge and told the court that they contemplated disclosing a location where Dickson stashed cash to benefit from the whistle-blowing policy of the Federal Government. They have been in prison since their arrest in May 2018.
The five accused persons are facing trial before a Sagbama High Court sitting in Yenagoa, in Charge No. SHC/9C/20188. The defense counsel P. A. Alfred continued the cross-examination of prosecution witness, Insp. Ekpang Columba, who stated that the Police got a complaint from Special Assistant to Dickson on Domestic Matters.
Columba, also the Investigating Police Officer, had testified on Dec. 12, 2018, during the cross-examination that no weapon was found on the accused when they were arrested He said: “The Police got a complaint from the Special Assistant, Domestic to Gov Seriake Dickson, that the suspects are targeting the place where the governor stashes cash, that is the subject of the complaints,” Columba said.
Okara adjourned the case to Mach 28, 2019 for ruling on the pending bail application from the remaining four suspects and defense.