24 Detained Anti-Corruption (CACOL) Activists Regain Freedom

All the 24 leaders of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) including the Convener, Comrade Debo Adeniran and the Osun State Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Comrade Waheed Lawal and the who were re-remanded in prison custody for the second time two weeks ago by an Osogbo Magistrate Court regained their freedom on Tuesday.

This followed the consideration of written applications filed by their legal team led by Mr. Wale Afolabi.

The anti-corruption campaigners were allowed to go home on bail after meeting the conditions set by Mr. Olalekan Ijiyode, the presiding Magistrate of Court Two, Gbongan Road, Osogbo, Osun State.

Each of them was granted bail in the sum of N500,000 and one surety who must be a civil servant from salary grade level 14 and above.

The road to jail began for the activists began in July last year when after the publication of logs of telephone call allegedly made by Otunba Kunle Kalejaye (SAN), the leading Counsel to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and members of the Justice Thomas Damar Naron-led Election Petitions Tribunal sitting then in Osogbo.

The panel was then trying the petition filed by the Governorship Candidate of the Action Congress (AC) in Osun State, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola.

The CACOL members staged a peaceful march to the premises of the Osogbo High Court to deliver a letter addressed to the Chief Justice of the Federation but were arrested by a police team led by the state Police Commissioner, Mr. John Moronike who was also alleged to have assaulted their leaders.

After spending days in police custody, the CACOL members were arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court then presided over by Mr. Olagoke Akintayo who remanded them in prison custody for weeks before considering and granting them bail.

Following Akintayo’s transfer to another Magisterial district, all the CACOL members attended court sitting on their last adjourned date only to find that the case was to be handled by Ijiyode who revoked their former bail and re-remanded them into Ilesa Prisons custody.

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