FEDERAL LAWMAKER’S DEATH: COURT GRANTS OYO ASSEMBLY CHIEF WHIP BAIL
It is recalled that, Olatoye representing Lagelu/Akinyele Federal constituency was shot dead during the March 9 Gubernatorial Election around Lalupon motor park, area of Lagelu, Oyo State, and buried a some weeks later .
Penpushing further reports that, the lawyer had urged the court to declare the continued detention of his client in police custody in Abuja as unlawful and a violation of his fundamental human rights, and prayed the court to grant bail to him(Akinmoyede) pending his arraignment at the court of law. However, the counsel to the respondent, the Commissioner of Police was absent at the hearing.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Mashud Abass, said that he considered the action of the police as arrogant, unlawful and unconstitutional; noting that all actions of the police must be seen to have justification in law and the fundamental rights of the applicant must not be restrained by any technicality.
The judge said that the practice of the police making arrest before investigation was not proper, adding that, “the power of the police to arrest and detain is not in doubt but the constitution stipulate that any person detained must be arraigned within 24hours’.
“The remand order obtained by the police from an Iyaganku Magistrate court had expired since April 4 and detaining the applicant beyond this period is flagrant disobedient to the constitution. Obedient to court order should be the responsibility of all who believe in the stability of Nigeria,” the judge said.
Penpushing also reports that, the judge also held that the police had not provided any justification that would warrant the court not to grant bail to the applicant, and in his ruling, held that the applicant should be granted bail with a surety who is blood relation with landed property worth N50 million among others.
The judge said that the other surety should be a civil servant with grade level 14 or member of the State House of Assembly or Federal.