Sunday Igboho’s aides still battle stringent bail conditions after 48 hours

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Forty-eight hours after securing bail from Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, the 12 aides of the Yoruba secessionist leader, Sunday Igboho are yet to perfect the various bail conditions imposed on them by the court.

The aides held in the custody of the Department of the State Service DSS in Abuja since July 2, 2021 could not enjoy the bail benefits on the alleged grounds that the bail conditions are too stringent and outlandish.

It was learnt on Friday that lawyers who stood for the detainees have since Wednesday when the bails were granted, been running from pillars to posts struggling to get categories of sureties listed in the court order.

Justice Egwuatu had on Wednesday admitted the 12 applicants to various bail conditions while ruling in their applications filed to that effect.

The judge who held that there is no criminal charge against the 12 applicants admitted four of them to bail in the sum of N10 million each with two sureties in like sum, while the remaining eight were granted bail in the sum of N5 million with one surety each.

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The four applicants who were granted N10 million bail are; Amudat Babatunde (AKA Lady K), Okoyemi Tajudeen, Abideen Shittu and Jamiu Oyetunji.

The others admitted to N5 million bail are; Abdulateef Onaolapo, Tajudeen Erinoye, Diekola Jubril, Ayobami Donald, Uthman Adelabu, Oluwafemi Kunle, Raji Kazeem and Bamidele Sunday.

One of the sureties, the court held must be an employee of the federal government on grade level 12 and above.

The sureties must be residents in Abuja, have properties and must swear to an affidavit of means.

The judge also ordered that the title deeds of the sureties must be jointly verified by the Court registrar and the DSS in addition to evidence of three years tax payment.

The sureties are also to submit all travel documents to the court.

Justice Egwuatu in addition held that the four applicants should remain in the custody of the DSS pending the perfection of their bail.

However, since the grant of the bail, the detainees have not been able to meet some of the stringent aspects of the conditions.

Among the conditions said to be hard nuts for them to crack is the production of federal government employees above grade level 12 and others with properties in Abuja with verified title documents and three years tax .

At the time of this report, there were informed that all the 12 detainees are still in the custody of the DSS.

Counsel to the detainees, Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi confirmed that the detainees have not completely perfected their bail conditions.

He, however, said that efforts are on top gear for the applicants to meet up with the conditions.

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