Mr Yinusa Dahiru, the alleged abductor of 14-year-old Ese Oruru, has been granted bail by Justice Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Counsel to Yinusa, Kayode Olaosebikan said that granting bail is at the discretion of the court which shall exercise such powers judicially and judiciously. The prosecution counsel, James Anata, however argued that it was difficult to arrest the defendant and bring him to court because he was protected by the Islamic Council, adding that granting Yinusa bail would enable him abscond from trial.
Justice Nganjiwa, in his ruling, noted that he had taken into consideration the argument of the two counsels and without hesitation wants to grant the accused bail in line with the powers of the court. He said, “In consideration of the application, what is taken into consideration is that the offence is bail-able and that the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. I am aware that the offence he is accused of is serious but that does not foreclose bail.
“That the accused might jump bail, it is incumbent on the court to impose conditions that would make the accused appear for trial. I hereby grant bail with three million Naira and two sureties of like sum residing in the jurisdiction of the court. One must be a title holder while the second surety must be a civil servant not less that Grade 12.
The case has been adjourned to April 19 for hearing on the application of the prosecution counsel to hear Ese Oruru’s evidence on camera.