By Emem Idio
YENAGOA – MR Kayode Olaosebekan, the lawyer representing Daihiru Yunusa, aka “Yellow”, who is standing trial on a five-count charge of criminal abduction and sexual exploitation of a minor Miss Ese Oruru, Tuesday in Yenagoa, gave reasons why the accused person is yet to be released on bail.
According to Olaosebekan, the publicity the case has generated and the bail condition which demands that the sureties must be resident in the jurisdiction of the court is scaring away individuals who would have serve as sureties, but added that they will follow the legal processes to secure the bail.
Olaosebekan said, “The conditions the court gave us that all the sureties must be resident here, and no thanks to you the media guys, everybody here is against our client, when we get somebody and we are perfecting the bail and once you say it is for Yunusa Dahiru, they would say, that boy that kidnaped our daughter?, that is the problem we are facing, I think there are legal procedures we to follow and we will come back to court and make the necessary application”
Justice H. Nganjiwa of the Federal Court in Yenagoa had on March 20, granted the accused person bail with the sum of N3 million and two sureties in like sum, who must be resident in the jurisdiction of the court, with one of the sureties a renowned title holder in the community and the other a public servant from level 12 and above.
Meanwhile, trial judge in the matter, Justice H. Nganjiwa, at the resume hearing on the matter Tuesday, adjourned to May 12 for the ruling on the application filed by the prosecution, Kenneth Dike, who is seeking the leave of the court to take the evidence of Miss Ese Oruru in private excluding every other persons except the parties and their counsels.
Dike, in an eleven paragraph affidavit to support his motion, citing Section 36 Subsection 4, had argued that what they are seeking for is the constitutional right of the victim, Miss Ese Oruru to fair trial as a child under 18 years, stressing that the victim would be shy to give her evidence in public.
In his submission, the defence counsel led by Kayode Olaosebekan, urged the court to dismiss the application for lack of merit, describing the application as an attempt to secure a conviction before calling on any witness, since the age of the victim is also a matter for trial.