Yunusa Dahiru (also known as Yunusa Yellow), who is standing trial at the Federal High Court in Yenagoa for the supposed abduction of Ese Oruru, the 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her home in Yenegoa, was granted bail by the court for N3 million.
The court, presided over by Justice H.A. Ngajiwa, resumed in Yenagoa to rule on a bail application filed by Yunusa’s team of five lawyers, led by Mr. Kayode Olaosebikan and in his ruling the judge acknowledged that the offences alleged to have been perpetrated by the defendant were bailable.
Part of the conditions for Yunusa’s bail includes that he must also provide two sureties in like sum who according to the judge, must be living within the jurisdiction of the court. One of the sureties must be a civil servant of not less that level 12 while the other must be a title holder. Both sureties must also make available their tax clearance from 2013 till date.
The judge added that the defendant is to remain in prison custody until he meets his bail requirements.
Justice Ngajiwa’s ruling was based on an application which the defendant testified to under oath and was backed by a seven-paragraph affidavit in accordance with the rules of the court that decides if Yunusa Yellow should be bailed or not.
The judge said the application averred that the basis for bail were within the powers of the court and in exercising that discretion, the court must act judicially and judiciously.
Yunusa’s lawyer thanked the court for granting him bail and promised to do everything possible to meet the bail requirements.
However, the prosecuting counsel opposed the bail in a 10-paragraph application but the judge said his argument that the accused person would not come for trial since he is not resident in the state was defective and would not stop the granting of the bail.
After the court session, the lead lawyer of Yunusa Yellow, Mr. Olaosebikan, said the ruling on his client’s bail application was right because he was being tried for a bailable offence. He however refused to make any comments concerning speculations that his services was sought for and was being retained by powerful interest groups to defend Mr. Dahiru, as there was no possible way he (Yellow) could have afforded the services of six lawyers.
“I cannot comment on that because it is a confidential information between me and my client, but I can only say that this is not a pro bono case. I was briefed by Yunusa to defend him, that is all I can say.”
Justice Nganjiwa adjourned the case till April 17 for ruling on the application of the prosecution to obtain the evidence of Miss Oruru in camera.
Recall that Mr. Yunusa Dahiru who is a native of Kano State, was on March 8, 2016 charged with the abduction, illicit sex and unlawful carnal knowledge of Ese, but he pleaded not guilty to the charges.