When will Nigerians learn to stop standing as surety for people whose characters they cannot vouch for?

Or is this another case of friendship going south and one man left to take the fall?

The Police on Tuesday arraigned a 58-year-old man, Inusa Mohmmed, in a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for his inability to produce suspects he stood surety for on Dec.13, 2017.

Mohammed, who resides at Jabi, near Mr Biggs, Abuja, is facing one count charge of screening an offender, contrary to Section 167 of the Penal Code.

The prosecutor, Dalhatu Zannah, said on Dec. 13, 2017, Mohammed signed a police bail bond for Abdullhamid Ismail, and Masa’udu Kashimu, and promised to produce them when needed in Utako Police Station.

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Zannah said Ismail and Kashimu, were arrested and brought to Utako Police Station in connection with a case of joint act and theft.

He said since the suspects were admitted on police bail, they had failed to report at Utako Police Station, and the surety claimed ignorance of their whereabouts.

Is that ignorance or pure stupidity?

The prosecutor said on April 29, the surety was asked to produce the suspects, but he failed to do so.

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The defendant pleaded not guilty, while the judge, Abubakar Sadiq, granted him bail in the sum of N50,000, and a surety in like sum and adjourned the case until June 14 for hearing.

When you stand as surety for an accused person in court, you’re simply telling the court that you can be held in place of the suspect if they run away.

It is common sense to be sure that you truly know such persons and trust them not to jump bail.

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