A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has granted N10 million bail to some of the accused on trial for the murder of SP Bako Angbashim, the late Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ahoada Division.
Cassidy Ikegbidi, a former chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area (LGA), and Eze Ngozi Anugwo, a traditional ruler, are among those granted bail. They were both given bail on the basis of their health.
Martins Cassidy, Stanley Amos, Ariomudo Ikedidi, Philip Ordu-Good News, and Joyce Ekenne were also granted bail in the amount of N5 million by the sitting court, Justice Sika Henry-Aprioku.
However, Justice Henry-Aprioku ruled that Ikegbidi and Anugwo must provide a guarantor who must be a permanent secretary in the civil service or a traditional ruler from either of the Ahoada LGAs.
The judge also ordered that the sureties sign a bond promising to keep both suspects in court for their trials and to deposit their international passports with the court.
The court further ordered that the five other defendants provide a surety who must be a civil servant of at least level 16 and whose residence is verifiable by the prosecution.
In a bizarre turn of events, however, a man claiming to be the wanted 2Baba called in on a local radio programme to deny the allegations of being responsible for the death of late SP Angbashim, saying he is a businessman and is being set up.
About 50 suspects are standing trial for the murder of the late DPO of the Ahoada Division whose body was dismembered and displayed in a social media video allegedly by 2Baba and his gang.
Recall that SP Angbashim was murdered in action in the late hours of September 8 in the Odeimude village of Ahoada East LGA, following a reported gunfight between police officers and members of a known cult organization.
According to reports, the cop and his colleagues were engaged in a gun duel with 2Baba, a prominent cult leader in the area, when they reportedly ran out of ammo.
In the lack of reinforcements, the officers beat a tactical retreat, but the DPO was alleged to have been captured by the cultists after suffering bullet wounds during the exchange.
The mutilated remains of SP Angbashim can be seen in a gruesome video said to have been broadcast by the cultists, while a voice mocked him.
The police superintendent had served in the Khana LGA of Ogoni where he was quite popular for his penchant for attending events barefoot.