18th August, 2021
Justice Obiora Egwuatu, who gave bail to 12 associates of the Yoruba nation’s advocate, Sunday Igboho did not disappear.
The Federal High Court made the clarification Wednesday, following reports that Egwuatu became unavailable to sign the bail papers.
In a statement on Tuesday, the court blamed the lawyer to the affected Igboho’s associates for failing to approach the available vacation judge on learning that Justice Egwuatu was not immediately available.
“It should be stated that Hon. Justice A.R. Mohammed has been on ground, attending to matters at the court, but lawyers to the applicants unfortunately did not take the bail bonds for the judge to sign”, the court said.
“The general public should please, disregard the insinuations in the publications as there is no reason for a judge, who granted bail to the applicants to disappear after the bail has been perfected.
“Journalists are hereby advised to always reach the court to cross check their facts before publication rather than taking sides with a party or a lawyer in a matter.”
Justice Egwuatu in a ruling on August 4, granted bail to eight of Igboho’s associates, whose bail application was not challenged by the DSS, at N5million each.
The judge also granted bail, at N10million each, to the other four, whose application was challenged by the DSS.
The asterisked associates are Babatunde, Tajudeen, Shittu and Oyetunji.
The DSS lawyer Awo claimed they needed to be further investigated in relation to allegations of arms stockpile by Igboho.
Those who got N5m bail are; Abdulateef Onaolapo, Tajudeen Erinoye, Diekola Jubril, Ayobami Donald, Uthman Adelabu, Oluwafemi Kunle, Raji Kazeem and Bamidele Sunday.
Justice Egwuatu ordered each of the detainees to produce two sureties, one of whom must be an employee of the Federal Government from Grade Level 12 above.