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Alleged murder, terrorism: Court grants ‘Emir’ N50m bail

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

A Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State capital, on Tuesday granted N50 million bail to Oyeyemi Olalekan, popularly called Ajagungbade Emir, who is standing trial for alleged  murder and terrorism.

The presiding judge, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, approved the bail application of the accused on the ground that the proof of evidence of the prosecution was not sufficient to deny the suspect bail.

 Recall Emir, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun and an aide to Governor Ademola Adeleke, has been remanded in Ile-Ife Custodial facility since he was first arraigned on February 1, 2024.

The 10 counts he is facing, include terrorism and murder.

He was alleged to have killed some members of the All Progressives Congresss (APC) in the state.

Counsel, Edmund Z Biriomoni, Esq, had during the last sitting on March 19, moved an application for the bail of the defendant.

He sought an order of the court admitting the defendant applicant to bail pending the hearing and determination of the amended charge.

Justice Ayoola, in his ruling on the bail application, held that the prosecutor has failed to provide sufficient evidence to deny the applicant bail.

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

He, therefore, granted Emir bail in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum.

The judge said one of the sureties must be a government-recognized traditional ruler in Osun State.

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

The sureties, according to the judge, must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

He also asked Emir to file and undertake an affidavit of good behaviour and promise not to be involved in any act that could jeopardise the case.

The court also directed that the defendant applicant should deposit the sum of N5million at the court registry.

He adjourned the case till May 16, for trial.

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