The self-imposed traditional ruler in Benin, Richard Arisco Osemwengie, who was remanded in prison custody for alleged unlawful coronation of himself as Ogiamien, was Tuesday granted bail by an Oredo Magistrate Court.
Arisco Osemwengie, a PDP chieftain and businessman who was arraigned on a six-count charge of conspiracy to commit misdemeanor and unlawful coronation of himself as a traditional ruler of Utantan Benin Nation, was granted bail under stringent condition.
He had allegedly carved out Utantan Kingdom from Benin Kingdom, after he was installed as Ogiamien and also appointed Enigies (Dukes) to administer parts of his kingdom.
The Magistrate of the Court, Mrs. M.C. Ojobo, granted him bail in the sum of N100, 000 and two sureties in like sum who must be a traditional ruler from Benin Kingdom and a Permanent Secretary serving in the State Civil service.
Ojobo however said in her ruling that Nigeria’s constitution presumed accused persons innocent until found guilty, adding that there was no evidence to show that the accused would intervene in the course of justice.
Earlier, Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Henry Idahagbon, informed the Court that prosecution witnesses were ready in Court to testify, the Defence Counsel, Godwin Oaikhena, said he was yet to lay hands on documents to be presented by the accused persons.
The case has been adjourned to October 26 for hearing.