Court grants Adeleke’s appointee Olalekan Oyeyemi N50m bail

Olalekan Oyeyemi and Ademola Adeleke

A Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State has granted N50 million bail to Olalekan Oyeyemi, an appointee of the state governor, Ademola Adeleke.

Justice N. Ayo-Emmanuel ruled that he is to provide two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, the judge said, must include a traditional ruler in the state and a level-17 civil servant or member of the National Assembly as second surety.

Oyeyemi is a member of Osun Park Management System with others at large and is standing trial on 10-count charges of conspiracy, malicious damage, unlawful killing and acts of terrorism. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Last month, Oyeyemi’s lawyer Edmund Biriomoni filed a formal bail application for his release.

However, the application was opposed by Rabiu Usman, the prosecutor from the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.

At the resumed sitting on Tuesday, Justice Ayo-Emmanuel said the prosecutor failed to provide sufficient evidence to stop the court from granting the application.

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He said the prosecution was still making efforts to bring the evidence to support the charges levelled against the defendant, seven months after he was arrested.

He thereafter admitted him to bail in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in the same amount.

Also, one of the sureties must be a government-recognised traditional ruler in Osun State.

The judge also said the second surety should be a level 17 civil servant or member of the National Assembly.

He also added that the sureties must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and ordered the defendant to file an affidavit that he would be of good behaviour with a promise not to be involved in any act that could jeopardise the case.

He then adjourned the case till May 16 for trial.