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OFFA ROBBERY: Kwara State chief of staff granted bail

OFFA ROBBERY: Kwara State chief of staff granted bail

A Kwara State High Court has granted bail to Yusuf Abdulwahab, chief of staff to Abdulfatah Ahmed, Governor of the state.

Abdulwahab has been in police custody in Abuja since June 2, 2018 after he responded to police invitation over his alleged connection to suspects who carried out robbery attacks on commercial banks in Offa on April 5, 2018.

Justice M.O. Adewara freed Abdulwahab after considering the oral application for bail made on behalf of the governor’s aide by his counsel, Adebayo Adelodun and the response of the counsel for the respondent, the Inspector-General of Police.

The chief of staff had initially filed a motion on notice before a Federal High Court in Abuja praying for an order granting him bail from police custody on the grounds that he had been detained for longer than 24 hours allowed by law, without charge.

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But the presiding judge, Babatunde Quadri, rejected the application on the grounds that the subject matter of the case was outside the jurisdiction of his court.

He therefore ordered the transfer of the case to the High Court of Kwara for hearing and determination.

In his ruling, the judge granted the chief of staff bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties each in like sum.

The judge also ruled that the sureties must be persons of means and should swear to an affidavit of means and deposit to the court, their respective certificates of occupancy of house or land located anywhere in Kwara.

He then adjourned the case till October 15, 2018.

 

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