Offa Bank Robbery: Court Grants Kwara Gov’s Chief Of Staff Bail
A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Tuesday granted an interim bail to Alhaji Yusuf Abdulwahab, the Chief of Staff to the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, in the sum of N10million.
Abdulwahab has been held in police custody in Abuja since 2 June, 2018 after he responded to Police invitation over his alleged link with suspects who carried out robbery attacks on commercial banks in Offa on April 5, 2018.
It will be recalled that 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 respondent, and initially fixed hearing for Tuesday, 17 July, 2018. Hon. Justice M.O. Adewara yesterday 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. Justice Adewara in his ruling, granted the Chief of Staff an interim bail in the sum of N10million with two sureties each in like sum.
“This honourable court, hereby grant the applicant, an interim bail in the sum of N10M,with two sureties each in the like sum” He said The judge also ruled that ,”The sureties must be persons of means and should swear to an affidavit of such means and deposit to the court, their respective certificates of occupancy of house or land located anywhere in Kwara State.” He then adjourned the case to 15 October, 2018 for hearing of the motion.
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