An Upper Area Court in Jos, Plateau, has ordered a trader, Mohammed Rabi’u, and a housewife, Asabe Mati, both accused of adultery, to be remanded in prison pending hearing of their bail applications.
Rabi’u and Mati, who reside in different parts of Jos, were charged with one-count of adultery.
The presiding judge, Malam Mustapha Hassan, gave the order after the accused pleaded not guilty and applied for bail orally.
However, Hassan refused to admit them on bail, and ordered them to obtain legal representation.
He adjourned the case until June 16, for hearing of bail their oral application.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr. Gokwat Ibrahim, told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on April 20, at Sabon-Layi area of Jos.
Ibrahim said that the accused persons were caught while in the act at about 8.00 p.m. by a vigilante group.
The prosecutor said that a “Good Samaritan’’ who knew the house wife sighted her entering a room with Rabi’u, knowing well that she was not the man’s wife.
He said that the man thereafter invited the vigilante group after confirming that the woman’s husband had traveled out of Jos.
Ibrahim said the vigilante group broke into the room and arrested the accused persons and handed them over to the police.
He told the court that police investigation revealed two condoms, a mattress and a bed sheet in the room.
He said that the accused persons committed an offence contrary to Section 387 of the Penal Code.
If found guilty, the accused persons are liable for a term of imprisonment of not less than two years, with an option of fine.
After the charges were read, the accused pleaded not guilty, saying it was an evil plot by of their enemies to set them up for trial. (NAN)