Court Grants AC Chieftains Bail

An Osogbo High Court presided over by Justice Yinka Afolabi yesterday granted bail to two chieftains of the Osun State Action Congress (AC), Alhaji Lai Oyeduntan and Mr. Sunday Akere.

The judge, while ruling on the application for bail argued by Messrs Wale Afolabi, ordered that Oyeduntan should go and produce a surety of N1 million equivalents either in building or land.

However, the bail condition stipulated for Akere appeared stiffer as he was required to produce a member of the Osun State House of Assembly in addition to a legal practitioner of 15 years standing who should deposit his certificate with the court as surety.

While Oyeduntan was expected to breathe the air of freedom yesterday, Akere might have to remain in prison custody as all the eleven AC lawmakers have travelled abroad alongside their colleagues of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus.

While Oyeduntan was arrested on October 18, 2008, Akere was taken into police custody the following day and were charged to court on Monday October 20, 2008 when they were remanded in Ile-Ife Prisons custody.

Their case was not assigned by the State Chief Judge, Justice Fasansi Ogunsola until November 3, 2008 while Justice Afolabi began entertaining the case one week after.

At the last hearing on November 13, 2008, the judge fixed Wednesday November 19 for his ruling on the bail application.

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