Success Nwogu, Ilorin
A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, presided over by Justice Mathew Adewara, on Tuesday granted an interim bail to the Chief of Staff to the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Yusuf Abdulwahab, in the sum of N10m.
Abdulwahab had been in police custody in Abuja since June 2, 2018, after he honoured police invitation for his alleged link with suspects who allegedly robbed five commercial banks and one microfinace bank in Offa on April 5.
Abdulwahab had initially filed a motion on notice before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
He had prayed the court for an order granting him bail from police custody on the grounds that he had been detained without charge for longer than 24 hours allowed by law.
But the presiding judge, Justice Babatunde Quadri, had rejected the bail application on the grounds that the subject matter of the case was outside the jurisdiction of his court.
The judge had therefore ordered the transfer of the case to the High Court of Kwara State for hearing and determination.
The case was assigned to Adewara, who issued a hearing notice to the respondent, and initially fixed hearing for Tuesday, July 17.
Abdulwahab’s counsel, Adebayo Adelodun (SAN) said no one represented the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, or filed any process on the said date of the hearing.
Adelodun prayed the court to grant his client’s bail application.
The judge then adjourned the case till Tuesday, July 24, for ruling.
It was learnt that on Thursday, July 19, the officer-in-charge of the police legal office filed three processes seeking time to file a response, a notice of preliminary objection to the case and a counter affidavit to the application for Abdulwahab’s bail.
It was gathered that as a result, the ruling, which was scheduled for Tuesday, was not delivered.
Consequently, Adelodun made an oral application for his client’s interim bail pending the determination of the main application.
Counsel for the IG, Aderemi Ajibola, was said not to have objected to the application and left it to the discretion of the court.
Ajibola, however, moved a motion for the extension of time, which was granted by the court.
According to the court papers made available to our correspondent on Wednesday, Adewara granted the bail in the sum of N10m with two sureties each in like sum.
He also ordered 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 houses or land located anywhere in Kwara State.
The judge adjourned the case till October 15, 2018, for hearing of the motion.
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