TWO weeks after they were remanded in prison custody, the Chairman, Osun State Chapter of Action Congress (AC), Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, the party’s Secretary, Prince Gboyega Famoodu and Mr Gbenga Fayemiwo, a media assistant to the party’s governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, were granted bail last Tuesday by a magistrate court.
The AC chieftains were ordered to be remanded in the prison custody on February 23, 2009, by the presiding Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode on their alleged complicity in the controversial explosion that rocked the state Secretariat, Abere, on June 14, 2007.
Ruling on the bail application, Ijiyode maintained that putting the accused persons in the prison custody would amount to abuse of judicial discretion, adding that all the grounds of objection to the bail of the suspects raised by the police prosecution counsel, Mr Ayuba Adekunle, were not substantive.
According to the magistrate, acceding to the objection of the police prosecutor would be a wrong step, saying that the allegation against the accused persons was bailable.
Ayuba, who was absent in court last Tuesday, had earlier on the first day of arraignment opposed the bail of the AC stalwarts, saying that the offence leveled against the suspects had to do with the state security.
The deputy superintendent of police asserted that granting bail to the AC chieftains would jeopardize police investigation and that there were other suspects who needed to be arrested in connection with the controversial bomb blast.
However, defence counsel to the AC chieftains, Messrs Biodun Olaide and Tiamiyu Adegboyega, said the charges against the suspects were frivolous and bailable.
Olaide and Adegboyega urged the court to be cautious in remanding the accused persons, adding that the court should not be intimidated and used by the police and the power-that-be.
According to the counsel, the police and the state government have not been able to open their case against the accused person, who had earlier been incarcerated in connection with the blast.
However, the magistrate granted bail to the AC chieftains in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties each, adding that the sureties must be residents within the state.
He stated that one of the sureties must be a director of a registered company or a top political office holder and the other sureties must be a blood-relation to the suspects.
The case was adjourned till April 01, 2009 for mention.
Besides, thousands of AC supporters and relations of the accused person had stormed the court for solidarity just as shout of joy erupted after the court’s ruling on the bail.