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Tokyo appeals for bail at High Court

IBADAN—The displaced Chairman of the road transport workers’ union in Oyo State, Alhaji Abdullateef Akinsola, alias Tokyo, has headed for the state’s High Court in Ibadan, seeking bail.

Hearing in the bail application has been fixed today. ‘Tokyo’’, 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 Magistrate’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 Magistrate’s Court, Police Prosecutor, Matthew Olubuse sought and got an adjournment till Aug. 11. “We are asking for a new date because the case is still awaiting legal advice from the State’s Ministry of Justice,’’ Olubuse told Chief Magistrate Abosede Bolaji.

However, the lead counsel to the accused persons, Mr Adeleke Bakare, drew the attention of the court to Tokyo’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.

“This 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,’’ 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. “The accused are still innocent citizens, judgment has not been passed on them, so they are not yet criminals.“Their right to freedom should not continue to be infringed upon,’’ Bakare said.

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