By Abdulwahab Abdulah
ConvictedÂ former official of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority, LASTMA, Andrew Bodukale has file motion before an Ikeja High Court to secure his bail pending appeal.
In the application by the ex LASTMA official, he is praying the court to allow him to go home pending the determination of his appeal against the judgement of the Magistrate court that sentenced him last year without an option of fine.
The Lagos State government is yet to file a reply to the application. Bodukale was jailed for four years without an option of fine, on a two-count charge of bribery by Magistrate Isaac Olufemi on May 20, 2009. In the notice of bail pending appeal, the counsel to the convict, Mr Nojim Tairu, want the court to release his client from the prison, pending when the appeal would be heard.
The counsel to Bodukale, in an 11-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion, urged the court to consider his good conduct during the process of trial, arguing that, â€œthe applicant had earlier in the course of the trial been granted bail by the court which he did not jump throughout the trial and has remained of good character till dateâ€. He wants the court to consider that the 16 grounds of appeal which he filed at the Appeal Court, has â€œa reasonable chance of success, not being frivolousâ€.
The convicted former LASTMA staff had earlier been refused bail by the magistrate court on the 23 of September, 2009. Bodukale was initially charged alongside one Dele Afolabi, a police officer, on a two-count charge of bribery and conspiracy to steal on July 15, 2008, before the charge against the policeman was dropped. He was alleged to have collected N10,000 gratification from a traffic offender at Egbeda area in Alimosho Local Council before he was arrested by the state government and charged to court.