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How detained Nasarawa protesters of Supreme Court ruling release on bail

How detained Nasarawa protesters of Supreme Court ruling release on bail

By Faith Awa Maji

A Magistrate Court sitting in Lafia has reviewed the bail conditions of the 38 protesters arrested by the Police in Nasarawa State for alleged conspiracy, unlawful assembly and disturbance by fire.

The court had at an earlier sitting said  a surety for each defendant must be a Director with the State or Federal Government and must submit a bail bond in the sum of N2 million.

However, reviewing the conditions on Wednesday based on application by the counsels, the Magistrate, Mohammed Abdullahi-Lanze, listed the new bail conditions to as “reasonable” surety staying within the jurisdiction of the court for each defendant and must submit their passports and a bail bond of N500, 000.

He adjourned the matter to February 27, 2024.

Earlier, reacting to the rulling, counsel to the defendants, Ayiwulu Baba-Ayiwulu, described the new bail conditions as “reasonable enough” and expressed optimism that defendants would be out of the Lafia Custodian Centre before the end of Wednesday “because a lot of people are willing to stand as their sureties.”

Meanwhile, in a chat with FMBlog, Barrister Ayiwulu said the protesters have been bailed and since left for their various homes.

The Police had on January 19, 2024 arrested the protesters for allegedly blocking the Lafia/Jos road after the Supreme Court judgment that affirmed the victory of Governor Abdullahi Sule.

According to the Police said that the protesters contravene the peace accord signed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).

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