Ese Oruru: Yunusa Released On Bail, Heads To Kano
The alleged abductor of Ese Oruru, Yunusa Dahiru, has been released on bail, SaharaReporters has gathered. Mr. Dahiru is facing a five-count charge of abduction, inducing by the use of deception and coercion illicit intercourse, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor, Ese Oruru. Confirming Mr. Dahiru's release on Sunday in Yenagoa, Mr. Kayode Olaosebikan, lawyer of the accused, said his people have taken him away. A prison source who preferred anonymity further confirmed that Mr. Dahiru has been released on bail and taken to Kano, where he hails from, in the company of his lawyers. "Yunusa left custody of the Okaka prison, Bayelsa State after spending over four months there," the source said on Sunday evening. It will be recalled that the accused's legal team, which includes a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, had battled unsuccessfully since March to secure his release from prison custody following the bail conditions given by Justice Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa. Mr. Nganjiwa had set a N3 million bail bond and two sureties in like sum, resident within the jurisdiction of the court as conditions for Mr. Dahiru's release. He had also ordered that one of the sureties must be a traditional title holder, while the second person must be a civil servant on Grade Level 12 or above. The bail conditions also stipulated that the two sureties must submit their three-year tax clearance receipts and that the defense counsel must sign an undertaking that the accused would not jump bail. However, the judge later relaxed the conditions after he was approached by Mr. Dahiru's lawyers who said that they could not meet some of the bail conditions. The court reduced the bail conditions to a level-nine civil servant and further granted the prayer of the defendant to also allow any traditional ruler from any community in the country to stand as surety. Mr. Nganjiwa had on Friday adjourned the trial to Sept. 13 for further cross examination of Ese Oruru by Mr. Dahiru’s defense counsel.