21 March 2016

Nigeria: Court Grants Bail to Yunusa Yellow, Ese Oruru's Alleged Abductor

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Ese Oruru.

Yunusa Dahiru (alias Yunusa Yellow), the alleged abductor of Bayelsa teenager, Ese Oruru, who is standing trial at the Federal High Court in Yenagoa was on Monday granted bail for N3 million.

He must also provide two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, according to the judge must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court while one must be a civil servant of not less that level 12 while the second must be a title holder.

The judge further said that the sureties must provide tax clearance for the past three years.

While ruling on the bail application, trial judge, Justice H. A. Nganjiwa, said the suspect should be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

Mr. Dahiru was on March 8, 2016 charged with abduction, kidnapping, unlawful carnal knowledge and sexual exploitation by the Police.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His counsel, Kayode Olaoshebikan, who thanked the court for granting bail to the accused, pledged to work to meet the bail conditions.

Justice Nganjiwa adjourned the case till April 17 for ruling on the application of the prosecution to obtain the evidence of Miss Oruru in camera.

The prosecuting counsel, J.O. Anate, who opposed the bail application, noted that the reasons advanced by the judge were credible.

Speaking after the court session, lead counsel to the accused, Mr. Olaosebikan, said the ruling on his client's bail application was justified as the offence for which he was being tried was bailable.

He however declined comments on speculations that he was being retained by powerful interest groups to defend Mr. Dahiru, who ordinarily would not be able to afford the services of six lawyers.

"I cannot comment on that because it is a confidential information between me and my client, but I can only say that this is not a pro bono case.

"I was briefed by Yunusa to defend him, that is all I can say," the lawyer said.

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