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The Federal High Court, Abuja, has clarified that it has a judge on ground to sign the warrant of release of Sunday Igboho’s associates granted bail recently by the court.
Chief Registrar of the court, Emmanuel Gakko, in a statement, said that Justice Obiora Egwuatu, who admitted the 12 detainees to bail early this month, did not disappear as reported by some media publications.
The 12 detainees were arrested during the July 1, 2021 early morning raid on the residence of the leader of Yoruba Nation agitators in Ibadan, Oyo State, and were detained at the facility of the Department of State Services (DSS).
However, Justice Egwuatu had admitted eight of the detainees to bail in the sum of N5 million each with two sureties in like sum, while the remaining four were admitted to bail in the sum of N10 million each with two sureties in like sum.
Counsel to the detainees, Pelumi Olajengbesi, claimed that after the perfection of their bail last week, they were told the judge had travelled out of the country.
But reacting, Gakko said that contrary to the claim of the newspapers, Justice Egwuatu did not disappear but went on a national assignment outside the country.
He said that although the court is on vacation, the other vacation judge with Egwuatu, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, was available, saying that the lawyer to the detainees ought to have met with the registrar of the court who would have told him what to do.
He stressed that there was no reason a judge after granting bail to a defendant would now disappear and not be available to endorse the warrant of release.
The registrar, therefore, charged journalists to always approach the court to cross check their facts before publication.