BY Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—embattled presidential aspirant in the forthcoming elections of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Mr. Nengi Ikiba, was, Tuesday, granted bail by a Beyalsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, after spending over one month in detention.
Ikiba was arrested by the police on June 19 over his alleged involvement in cultism.
Though Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa, said Ikiba had confessed to being a leader and founder of a notorious cult group, Icelander, the suspect insisted that he was forced at gunpoint by the police to admit the claims.
Ikiba also alleged that he was held by the police for his refusal to step down from IYC election to pave way for a perceived government candidate.
The court admitted Ikiba to bail after listening to an oral application by his lawyer, Mr. Ayei Okpa.
Okpa had told the court that his client should be viewed as innocent in the eyes of the law in accordance with Section 36 (5) of the constitution, appealing to the court to do justice by granting Ikiba bail in the spirit of Section 35 of the constitution.
Prosecution did not object to the bail application, prompting Justice N. Aganaba to admit Ikiba to bail and adjourned the matter till September 30.
Ikiba said: “If they were not afraid of me, why would they be pulling these stunts? They called me several times to step down from the race but I refused. They said they will deal with me and the next thing I found myself in police custody.”