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Suspected pipeline vandals granted bail

22 March 2013, 16:07

Ibadan - The Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan on Thursday granted two suspects, who allegedly vandalised petroleum pipelines bail in the sum of one million naira each.

The two suspects, Wasiu Ajibola, 30, and Sunday Solomon, 40, on Jan. 4, allegedly tampered with and damaged NNPC pipelines at Joji in the Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State.

According to the Prosecutor, Adedeji Olayiwola, the suspects acted contrary to Section 1 (7) (a) and (b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP. M17 of the Laws of the Federation 2004.

Separate bail applications were, however, moved by each of their Counsel, Ibrahim Ayoade for the first accused and Sumbo Oladokun for the second accused.

The prosecution, however, opposed the bail applications on the ground that it could tamper with the course of investigation, since other suspects were still at large.

“In addition, the accused persons don’t have sustainable employment, which means they may be tempted to go back into the illicit business,” Olayiwola said.

Oladokun, however, argued that his client had a right to bail since the alleged offence was not a capital offence.

In her ruling, Justice Abimbola Obaseki-Adejumo granted bail to the accused persons.

“Bail is given at the discretion of the court and I also agree that the offence so committed is not a capital offence.

“Bail is, hereby, granted in the sum of one million naira with two sureties in like sum for each of the accused persons.

“One of the sureties must be a civil servant on a grade level not lower than 10, while the other must be a blood relation with a landed property in Ibadan,” she said.

Obaseki-Adejumo also directed the counsel to recommend their sureties on the letterheads of their chambers.

The case was, thereafter, adjourned to May 2 for trial.



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