Court Grants Bail to Prof Zainab Duke -Abiola on the Case of Assault on a Police Officer


A Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse Zone Six, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has granted bail to Prof. Zainab Duke-Abiola and her domestic worker, Rebecca Enechido.

Both of them were arrested and remanded for allegedly assaulting and brutalising a policewoman, identified as Teju Moses.

Magistrate Elizabeth Wonu granted the accused persons bail after listening to the arguments of the prosecution and defence lawyers.

Sahara Reporters had reported that Zainab, who was at a time married to Chief MKO Abiola, and Rebecca were remanded at the Suleja Correctional Centre for allegedly assaulting a female police officer.

The presiding magistrate stated that the court considered the terms of Section 229 of the Penal Code law, which is culpable homicide attempt, which is applicable in Northern Nigeria and is employed in criminal proceedings.

According to Wonu, the court also considered Section 277 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

She stated that the court has jurisdiction to hear the case of culpable homicide and also issue bail.

The court subsequently granted the duo bail after spending 12 days in prison custody.

However, the court ordered the accused persons to submit two sureties with definite addresses within its jurisdiction.

A video clip showing the female officer in uniform bleeding while she was seated on the floor had gone viral.

Meanwhile, members of the Abiola family have disowned the alleged policewoman-beater, Zainab, said to be their late patriarch’s widow.

Zainab was married to Chief Moshood Abiola, popularly known as MKO Abiola, the late hero of June 12.

However, no fewer than three of the children of the late winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election expressed dissatisfaction with the manner by which Zainab was linked to the family, including by the media, following her alleged assault of a policewoman.

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