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Court Grants Sylva’s Ex-Speech Writer Bail

Court Grants Sylva's Ex-Speech Writer Bail
Posted: Sep 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)



A Bayelsa State High Court presided over by Justice Kate Abiri, the state Chief Judge, on Tuesday, granted bail to detained Jonah Okah, a former speech writer of former Governor Timipre Sylva in a case of criminal defamation filed against him by Richard Etonye, the state Government House Accountant.

Okah, a lawyer, was arrested on August 31, 2016 by the police and detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for allegedly defaming Etonye through a Facebook post which purported that he had a phone conversion with him over an alleged missing $4.6 million reportedly belonging to Governor Seriake Dickson.

A magistrate court presided over by Magistrate Pere Boassa had earlier rejected the bail application of the accused, saying he might interfere with the ongoing investigation into the case against him, and for his protection against possible reprisal attacks in public.

Bossa also explained that the bail application was turned down due to the unrepentant posture of the accused to commit another offence.

However, the magistrate court at the adjourned sitting on Tuesday discharged and acquitted Jonah Okah without the anticipated hearing on the bail application, announcing that the prosecutor had filed a new suit at the state Hight Court.

Justice Abiri heard the application for bail by the defence counsel on the grounds that the accused is a state counsel, and would readily present himself for every hearing of the case.

The state prosecuting counsel did however, not oppose the bail application.

Consequently, Okah was granted bail in the sum of N200,000 and a surety in like sum who is also a senior civil servant on Grade level 12.

The case was adjourned to October14, 2016 for further hearing.

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  • Moses Odili Sep 28, 2016 at 11:01 pm Moses Odili

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