A Benin High Court, Criminal Division, has remanded the Iyatsere of Warri, Johnson Atseleghe, in Police custody for alleged conspiracy, malicious damage and war-like undertaking related charges.
Johnson Atseleghe and others now at large, on 2nd February 2022, allegedly conspired with others now at large to unleash war-like undertaking against the Enogie(Duke) and people of Ologbo Dukedom in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
According to the charges, Johnson Atseleghe and others now at large on same date and place, maliciously damaged a dwelling house and vehicles belonging to one Felix Okotie during the war-like undertaking.
It was also alleged by the Prosecution that Johnson Atseleghe and others now at large maliciously damaged the Edo State Revenue Produce Point and a signboard of the Oba of Benin.
His Counsel, Ighodalo Imadegbelo(SAN), in an oral application, urged the Court to grant the Defendant, Johnson Atseleghe, bail due to his ill health.
Imadegbelo SAN, told the Court that the Defendant has a stent in his heart which enable him breath well.
After conferring with the Defendant in the choice of facility where he could be remanded, Imadegbelo SAN, urged the Court to remand the Defendant in Police custody.
He submitted that Johnson Atseleghe have been dragged before various Courts on the same charges of Native war which is unknown to the law, emphasizing that the Defendant will not jump bail if granted him.
In opposing the bail application, the State Counsel, Orobosa Okunbor, argued that the Defence Counsel ought to have filed a written bail application, instead of oral application which is not the practice of the Court.
Okunbor who submitted that the Defendant once jumped administrative bail granted him by the Police.
The State Counsel submitted that the Defendant previously created lots of tension in the Dukedom, after been granted bail and urged the Court to refuse the bail application by the Defence Counsel.
Trial Judge, Hon. Justice Efe Ikponmwoba, directed the Defence Counsel to file a written bail application on Monday 27th June 2022.