IBADANâ€”The displaced Chairman of the road transport workersâ€™ union in Oyo State, Alhaji Abdullateef Akinsola, alias Tokyo, has headed for the stateâ€™s High Court in Ibadan, seeking bail.
Hearing in the bail application has been fixed today. â€˜Tokyoâ€™â€™, along with four co-accused, has been incarcerated since June 9 and is facing a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder and illegal possession of arms before an Ibadan Chief Magistrateâ€™s Court. His co-accused, who have also gone to the High Court to seek bail, are Kasim Adelumuyi, alias Wonder, 40; Rasheed Oladele, 59; Taiwo Olapade, 50 and Musa Adeleke, alias Alubankudi, 45.
When their case came up yesterday at the Chief Magistrateâ€™s Court, Police Prosecutor, Matthew Olubuse sought and got an adjournment till Aug. 11. â€œWe are asking for a new date because the case is still awaiting legal advice from the Stateâ€™s Ministry of Justice,â€™â€™ Olubuse told Chief Magistrate Abosede Bolaji.
However, the lead counsel to the accused persons, Mr Adeleke Bakare, drew the attention of the court to Tokyoâ€™s failing health, as well as that of Olapade. Bakare said Tokyo had been diagnosed with cardiovascular problem, while Olapade was suffering from acute malaria.
â€œThis foot-dragging should not be allowed by the court because there is no fresh development since the last appearance of the accused on July 20,â€™â€™ Bakare said.
He urged the court to compel the Director of Public Prosecutions and the police to act fast in order not to infringe on the rights of the accused. â€œThe accused are still innocent citizens, judgment has not been passed on them, so they are not yet criminals.â€œTheir right to freedom should not continue to be infringed upon,â€™â€™ Bakare said.