Snake swallowing money saga: Philomena granted bail.
After several months in detention, Philomena Chieshe has been granted bail in the sum of N20 million.
Chieshe, a clerical officer of Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board who claimed that the 35 million and 480 thousand naira proceeds from the board were swallowed by a snake in Markurdi, the Benue State capital, was granted bail by Justice Peter Affen on Monday.
Chieshe is facing trial alongside Samuel Sale Umoru for allegedly misappropriating N35, 480, 000 (Thirty five million four hundred and eighty naira) belonging to the board.
At the hearing on Monday, counsel to Chieshe, O. Mark, told the court that a motion in notice filed on May 30, 2019 which is for bail application is ready to be moved.
He further told the court that his client is already standing trial at a lower court and has not absconded from investigation.
He relied on Sections 158, 162 and 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, to move his bail application.
Justice Affen, thereafter, granted bail to Chieshe to the tune of N20 million with two sureties.
The sureties, the Judge ruled, must show proof of ownership of landed properties of same value within FCT.
The defendant must also deposit her international passport with the registrar of the court. He further ordered that Chieshe be remanded in Suleja prison until her bail conditions are fulfilled.