By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, yesterday, declined to grant bail to former Chairman of Asari Toru Local Government Area of the state and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Ojukaye Amachree, who is standing trial over the alleged murder of one Smart Soberekon in Buguma, headquarters of the council.
Trial judge, Justice Margret Okpara instead ordered accelerated hearing in the matter, and adjourned further to June 21 and 22.
Justice Okpara held that the medical reports tendered by counsel to the accused seeking bail on medical grounds for his client were not sufficient proof that the accused life was threatened by any ailment.
She rather ordered that doctors be granted access to the accused in prison.
The court said, “None of the two reports was able to indicate that the accused person is facing an exceptional health challenge that is life threatening, to warrant his bail, given that he is facing a capital offence punishable by death.”
Ojukaye’s lawyer, Mr Sabastine Hon, SAN, had told the court that his client was diabetic and suffering from high blood pressure.
At the resumed hearing in the matter, yesterday, Mr David Izaza who represented Ojukaye tendered medical reports from the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital and a private hospital, St Patrick Hospital to support claims that he needed medical attention and thus should be granted bail which the court declined in its ruling.