A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has granted bail to the Managing Director of Koko Homes Foundation, Koko Crusco, and her staff, Comfort Ekon, who were remanded in the Port Harcourt Correctional Center, last week, over an ongoing child trafficking case before the court.
Chief Magistrate Rita Ogugwo released them when ASP Satumari Gabriel, the IPO in charge of case, presented some documents relating to the whereabout of a set of twin babies allegedly trafficked by one Dennis Chimezie, who is standing trial.
Our correspondent, reports that the management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, did not show up in court yesterday to furnish the court with information regarding the set of twins, as ordered by the court on the last adjourned date.
Meanwhile, the court rejected the documents presented by the IPO, questioning its source and authenticity, particularly as the Prosecutor, ASP Adiari, had earlier informed the court that the management of UPTH was yet to release the needed information to him.
The court reiterated its order that Chidinma Maduka, a staff of the Imo State Correctional Center, who initiated the adoption of the set of twins, be brought to court on the next adjourned date.
The Court also ordered parties and their lawyers to visit the UPTH mortuary to confirm the remains of the set of twins on Thursday 22nd July 2021, and adjourned the case till same date.
Meanwhile a lawyer in Port Harcourt, Adubabari Mankie who was at the court when the case was announced, spoke to our correspondent that he is not comfortable with the judgement of the court.
Mankie said the evidences brought before the court were not substantial enough to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt
He argued that the management of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has a lot of questions to answer in the case, adding that until then, the case still requires more hearing, he added.