A Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse Zone Six, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has granted bail to Prof. Zainab Duke-Abiola and her domestic worker identified as Rebecca Enechido.
The duo were arrested and remanded for allegedly assaulting and brutalising a policewoman, Teju Moses ,said to be an orderly to the Professor.
After listening to the pleas of the prosecution and defence lawyers in the case,Magistrate Elizabeth Wonu granted the accused persons bail.
An online publication had reported that Zainab, who was at a time married to Chief MKO Abiola, ( a claim later debunked by the family of the late politician and businessman)and Rebecca were remanded at the Suleja Correctional Centre for allegedly assaulting a female police officer.
The presiding magistrate said that the court considered the terms of Section 229 of the Penal Code law, described as culpable homicide attempt, which is applicable in Northern Nigeria and is employed in criminal proceedings.
The Magistrate also said that the court equally considered Section 277 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
She stated that the court has jurisdiction to hear the case of culpable homicide and also issue bail.
The court subsequently granted the two accused bail after spending 12 days in prison custody.
But the accused persons were ordered the court ordered the to provide two sureties with definite addresses within its jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, members of the Abiola family have disowned the alleged beater of a policewoman, as their late patriarch’s widow.
Although,aZainab was said to have been married to Chief Moshood Abiola, the late hero of June 12,1993 Presidential election But the family distanced itself from accepting Prof. Zainab as a wife to the business mogul based on the Professor’s alleged later marriage to a former military administrator of Rivers State, Alfried Diete-Spiff.
According to a source from the late MKO family, “The family was taken aback when she wedded (Alfred) Diete-Spiff in 1989. Her wedding to the former military Governor who is now a traditional ruler in Rivers State was well publicised in society magazines such as then Classique magazine which has now been rested. It was a society wedding,”