28th June, 2022
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
After spending 62 days in detention, at the instigation of Governor Nyesom Wike, a federal lawmaker, Farah Dagogo, has been granted bail by a high court sitting in Port Harcourt.
Dagogo, representing the Degema/Bonny constituency in the House of Representatives was brought to Court Monday in a wheelchair.
He was arrested on the orders of Governor Wike on 28 April 2022, when he came for screening as governorship aspirant by the PDP screening committee at the party South-South Zonal Office in Port Harcourt.
Justice Chiwendu Nwogu, in his ruling granted Dagogo bail with the conditions that he must produce one surety with the sum of N20 million with verifiable property in same worth.
The Court ruled that the Defendant should deposit his international passport as he can not travel outside the country without leave of the court pending his trial.
Justice Nwogu ruled that the surety must be a citizen of Nigeria and an indigene of Rivers State who must have a registered document of title that reside within Rivers State and Port Harcourt metropolis.
The court ruled further that the legal assistant of the court will verify the address of the surety and both the Defendant and the surety would tender two passport photographs each and three years of tax clearance.
The Judge, however, dismissed the insinuations making round that the court was purposely denying Farah Dagogo bail, noting that it was the Dagogo’s sounsel who constituted enemies to themselves by abusing the court process in their multiplicity of actions.
In his reaction, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Cosmos Enweluzo, lead Counsel representing Farah Dagogo, said he was happy that his client has been granted bail.
He expressed sadness that it took over two months for Court to grant the defendant bail.
“Where there is rule of law, the right and liberty of a citizen must be respected and honoured. We are talking about a citizen who is a member of the National Assembly.
“But in all things, we give glory to God and also express profound gratitude to the Judge for exercising his discretion and magnanimity”.
Governor Nyesom Wike had asked the Police to arrest the lawmaker over activities related to cultism.
He was arrested by a team of police officers at about 6:30 pm when he went for his screening at the south-south zonal office of the PDP in Port Harcourt, the state capital.