Samuel Ugorji and Samuel Buhari, pilots of Caverton Helicopters arrested for flying into Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, despite a lockdown, have been granted bail by a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Also granted bail are 10 passengers on the helicopter flown into the Air Force Base.
They (two pilots and 10 passengers) are to appear in court on May 19, 2020 for trial.
The 10 passengers were identified as Nwogu Chibunna, ‘m’ (39); Peter Michael, ‘m’ (43); Ajagba Iheanyi, ‘m’ (35); Ekperewechi Oguguo, ‘m’ (43); Nsikan Pius, ‘m’ (38); Abanobi Chinoso, ‘m’ (27); Udoh Hagan, ‘m’ (28); Okachukwu Chuks, ‘m’ (41); Goddy Chukwu, ‘m’ (42); and Omerurike Chijioke, ‘m’ (43).
Chief Magistrate, D.D. Ihua-Maduenyi, in granting the pilots bail, stated that they must present a surety, who must be a management staff of Caverton Helicopters, own a landed property in Port Harcourt and ensure that the two pilots attended trial.
The chief magistrate stated that the surety would sign a bail bond of N1 million each for the two pilots.