Offa Bank Robbery: Court Grants Kwara Gov’s Chief of Staff Bail

A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, the state capital, has granted Alhaji Yusuf Abdulwahab, the Chief of Staff to the state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, bail in the sum of N10 million.

Abdulwahab had been held in police custody in Abuja since June 2, 2018, after he responded to police invitation over his alleged link with the suspects of the armed robbery attacks on commercial banks in Offa on April 5, 2018.

Justice MO Adewara granted the bail upon carefully considering the oral application for bail made on behalf of the governor’s aide by his counsel, Mr. Adebayo Adelodun (SAN) and the response of the counsel for the respondent, the Inspector General of Police.

The Chief of Staff had initially filed a motion on notice before a Federal High Court in Abuja, praying for an order granting him bail from police custody on the grounds that he had been detained for longer than 24 hours allowed by law, without charge.

But the presiding judge, Justice Babatunde Quadri, rejected the bail application on the grounds that the subject matter of the case was outside the jurisdiction of his court.

He therefore, ordered the transfer of the case to the High Court of Kwara State for hearing and determination.
The case was thereafter assigned to Justice Adewara, who issued a hearing notice to the respondents, and initially fixed hearing for July 17, 2018.

However, according Adelodun, no one represented the IG or filed any process on the said date of the hearing.

Adelodun then moved the court to grant his client’s bail application. The court then adjourned the case till July 24, for ruling.

However, on July 19, the officer in Charge of Legal for the police 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.

As a result, the ruling which was scheduled for Tuesday could therefore, not be delivered.
Consequently, counsel to the Chief of Staff, made an oral application for his interim bail, pending the determination of the main application.

According to Adelodun, counsel to IG did not object the application and left it to the discretion of the court.
The IG’s counsel however, sought to move a motion for extension of time, which was granted by the court.

Thereafter, Justice Adewara in his ruling, granted the Chief of Staff bail in the sum of N10million with two sureties each in like sum.

The judge also ruled that the sureties must be persons of means and should swear to an affidavit of means and deposit in the court, their respective certificates of occupancy of houses or lands located anywhere in Kwara State.

He then adjourned the case to October 15, 2018 for hearing of the motion.

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