June 23, 2024

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Lawyer detained for five months by DSS gets N2m bail

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A lawyer , Emperor Ogbonna , who has been detained
by the Department of State Service for about five
months , was granted bail by the Federal High Court in
Abuja on Tuesday.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted him bail in a ruling on an
application argued on his behalf by Chief Mike
Ozekhome (SAN ).
Ozekhome said Ogbonna had been held unlawfully
detained by the DSS since March 24 , 2020 .
He urged the court to grant liberal bail to the
defendant on liberal terms and conditions , as the
applicant ’ s fundamental rights had been seriously
breached
Government’ s lawyer , Mr Isah Abubakar , opposed the
bail on the grounds that the applicant would escape
justice in view of the gravity of his alleged offence he
was being detained for .
However , in a bench ruling , Justice Taiwo agreed with
Ozekhome that the law presumed the applicant
innocent until found guilty by a competent court .
The judge therefore granted him bail in the sum of
N 2m with two sureties in like sum .
He however ordered that the applicant be remanded in
prison pending the time he would meet the bail
conditions .
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