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Court grants bail to Benue lawmaker, 4 others

Daniel Agbo




A Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, yesterday granted bail to a serving member of the state House of Assembly representing Logo state constituency, Kester Kyenge and four others to the sum of N100 million each

Those granted bail alongside Kyenge were the former chairmen of Ado, Ukum and Gwer West local government councils of the state respectively; Mr David SevAv, Alex Ogaba, Mr Andrew Ayande, while Mr Terfa Bosua was an aide to former governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam

Ikyenge and the four other accused had been in remand at the Makurdi medium prison for the past one week until they were granted bail in the sum of N100 million each with fi ve sureties in like sum

The fi ve persons were part of the 52 people indicted by the Justice lizabeth Kpojime Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Samuel Ortom at the inception of his administration to probe the eight years of Suswam’s stewardship

The presiding judge, Justice Joseph Aneke, who granted the bail, stated that the accused persons were on police administrative bail without trial

Justice Aneke noted that the offences committed by the accused persons were weighty in nature, but bailable

“I have unfiltered discretion to grant bail to such accused persons in a matter like this, though the rules for bail has not been exhausted, but for the nature and gravity of the offence, their protection and medication, I admit them to bail on strenuous conditions”, Aneke stated

He, however, fixed November 14, 2017 for further mentioning of the case






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