Chawich is to remain in prison till when he is able to meet the bail condition the court imposed on him. He and one Chief Emmanuel Ekong who is no where to be found, on May 8, 2015, broke the seal of the Nigeria Custom Service so as to avoid payment of custom duties which is worth N49, 116, 004.00.
Some of the vehicles listed in the indictment are; Brabus G800 Jeep, 2013 model, with chassis number 212718; McLaren SLR 2009 Model, chassis number 001960; Ferrari 458, 2013 Model, chassis number 195200; Aston Martin 2009 Model, chassis number 815026; and Aybach 625 2009 Model, chassis number 002513;.
The prosecutor, Julius Ajakaye, told the court that the misdeed committed by the Lebanese were discordant to and punishable under Section 145 (5) of Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
The accused had pleaded not guilty after the charges had been read to him.
Counsel to the accused, Chris Emeh, pleaded with the court to admit his client to bail in the most generous terms.
However, Ajakaye did not dispute the bail application of the accused, but asked the court to order the accused to tender his valid international passport with the court, pending the time the case will be finally concluded.
Ruling on the bail application, the trial Judge, Justice Saidu, admitted him to bail for the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum.
According to the judge, The sureties must be live of Lagos State, who should be owners of landed properties within Lagos state.
The judge also ordered that the landed properties of the sureties’ must be verified by the prosecutor and the court registrar, and that the accused should drop his valid international passport with the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar.
The matter has been adjourned till the 8th of July, 2015, for trial.