Five officials of the Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State, TIMAAS were Tuesday arraigned in an Abia Magistrate Court sitting in Aba North Magisterial district.
They were charged with engaging in acts occasioning harm, to wit, pushing one Miss Kelly, 17, down from a moving vehicle in Aba, culminating in serious bodily injuries.
The girl was rushed to the Aba police clinic for urgent medical attention. She stayed for one week in this hospital before she was transferred to the home of a traditional bone-healer where she’s currently receiving treatment for bone fracture.
When the charges were read, the accused pleaded not guilty to them.
The presiding magistrate, S. E. Elekeson, granted them bail in the sum of N2.5m with one surety..
In granting the bail, Elekeson said he was guided by the fact that the defence counsel had told the court that on or before the next hearing date, the accused – through the head of TIMAAS – had promised to pay back the expenses incurred by the parents of the victim in the course of treating her..