Two security guards have been docked, for alleged negligent conduct in a Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja, on Friday.
The guards identified as John Archibong, 47, and Ayodele Alao, 30, who works as security men at the Arewa Specialist Hospital Jabi, Abuja, were charged by the police with negligent conduct.
Mr Stanley Nwafoaku, the Prosecution Counsel, told the court that on Nov.1, at about 12:15 p.m, two complainants, Mr Mustapha Abdullahi and his spouse Fatima Abubakar reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station.
According to Nwafoaku, on Oct.31, at about 2 p.m the complainants allegedly parked their vehicles a Toyota Corola and Toyota Hilux at the hospital premises.
He said that when the couple returned to their car, they realised both cars were burgled by unknown men.
The Prosecutor told the court that the Toyota Corolla was burgled by the driver’s seat, her baby’s bag containing diapers, water flask, clothes and an international passport was stolen.
Furthermore, he alleged that the Hilux car was technically opened and a ”Macban” Apple laptop worth N1 million was stolen.
The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 196 of the penal code law.
He told the court that the defendants negligently allowed such crime to be perpetrated, while they were on duty to guard all vehicle packed inside the hospital premises.
However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Charity Nwosu, the Defence Counsel, made a bail application for his clients in the most liberal terms.
Nwosu made the application citing Section 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.
She promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted same.
However, the prosecution counsel, did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel.
The presiding Judge, Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500, 000 and one surety each in like sum.
The judge also ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out, recent passport photograph and a valid identification card, which must be verified by the court registrar.
He adjourned the matter until Jan. 17 for hearing.