by crossriverwatch admin
Magistrate Utaba of the Calabar Magistrates Court 1, today granted young Cross River Activist, Prince Mike Abuo bail.
Prince Mike was charged to Court by the Police in Calabar the Cross River State Capital on Friday March 1, 2013 having being re-arrested by the police when he honoured their invitation to a peace meeting.
He was subsequently denied bail and was remanded at the Afukang maximum prison in Calabar South LGA while the matter was adjourned to today.
Prince Mike was initially arrested a week earlier when he led a peaceful protest to UNICEM in Calabar demanding that the company addresses what he described as discriminatory employment policy and attain to some other community issues resulting from the impact of the activities of the cement company on the host community.
He along with three of his comrades were arrested and arraigned on a three count charge namely, Attempt to kidnap UNICEM expatriates, Felony and Theft of Police Document.
But Magistrate Utaba after hearing counsels’ submissions today granted bail to Prince Mike Abuo and his comrades.
The accused were to provide one surety who must be at a minimum of level eight in the civil service.
The surety will submit his or her original ID Card to the court and a total bail bond of eight hundred thousand Naira.
As at press time, they had already completed their bail requirements and departed for their various homes.
In a chat with crossriverwatch after he was released, Prince Abuo thanked every Crossriverian who contributed to his released.
He particularly thanked Barrister Obono Obla, members of the Cross River State Coalition for Change and the Cross River State Political Network as well as his family and friends for their steadfast commitment to ensuring his release.
The matter has been adjourned to April 15, 2013 for mention.
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