Court relaxes bail conditions in Nigerianís fraud case

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Broadhurst Magistrate, Babedi Mathumo, has ordered the relaxation of bail conditions slapped on a Nigerian man accused of defrauding First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) P2 million.

Yesterday, Mathumo said the accused, Chukwuma Ezekannagaha, should be allowed to report to the police twice a week instead of three times a day as was previously required. “I agree that the accused be entitled some of the relaxation on the bail conditions especially reporting himself to the police, it is so unfair for him to report three times every single day,” she said. Mathumo however said the condition that the accused be allowed to get his passport whenever he wanted it was too risky, adding that the condition was imposed for a reason. Mathumo explained that it was beyond her jurisdiction to order the release of the passport, adding that she wouldn’t give a directive order to the police.

“The order I am requested to make is too risky and I feel it is beyond me. I can only advice for a way forward regarding what to do with such application. It should be done with the police and there should be proper application done for the submission,” she said. 

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