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Court Rejects Bail Application Of Sylva’s Ex-Aide

Jonah Okah, Sylva Timipre
Posted: Sep 21, 2016 at 8:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma

Yenagoa – A magistrate court sitting in Yenagoa has rejected the bail application by Jonah Okah, a former speechwriter to Timipre Sylva, former Governor of Bayelsa State, in the matter involving him (Okah) and Richard Etonye, the Government House accountant.

The bail application was filed on his behalf by his counsel, Abala Prea.

Okah, a lawyer at the state ministry of justice, was arraigned three weeks ago on charges bordering on defamation against Etonye.

The court had ordered that he be remanded at the Okaka Prison in Yenagoa and be produced in court on Tuesday, May 30, 2016 for hearing on the bail application.

Pere Boassa, the magistrate, at the sitting of the court on Tuesday explained that the bail application was turned down because the accused would likely interfere with the ongoing investigation of the matter, if granted bail.

She averred that Okah was being kept in protective custody against possible reprisal attacks in public.

Boassa also added that the bail application was also refused due to the “unrepentant posture” of the accused to commit another offence.

She ruled that the decision to grant or refuse bail application was entirely the discretion of the court.

She therefore ordered an accelerated hearing of the case and adjourned it to September 27 and 28, 2016.

Prea, the defence counsel, had argued that the bail application was in line with relevant laws protecting the fundamental human rights of Okah.

Pere Egbuson, the state prosecuting counsel, who was represented by Peremobowei Miri, however, agreed with the presiding magistrate on the rejection of Okah’s  bail application.