By Onozure Dania
IKEJA — AN Ikeja High Court yesterday, dismissed an application filed by the deposed Baale of Shangisha, Mutiu Ogundare, seeking to vary his bail conditions.
Ogundare had filed the application alongside his wife, Abolanle and Mohammed Babatunde.
During the proceedings yesterday, Ogundare’s counsel, Chief H. N. Ogirien, requested that the court should reduce some of the bail conditions, especially the requirement of a surety, who is a Grade Level 17 officer in the Lagos State Civil Service.
“My Lord, we are unable to secure a Grade Level 17 officer in the Lagos State Civil Service, no one is willing to come forward and stand as surety.
“We also have difficulty getting a traditional ruler to stand as surety, we are simply asking the court to review the bail conditions to enable the defendant to easily perfect the bail conditions,” Ogirien said.
Shedding more light on Ogundare’s predicament, Ogirien said “This situation is peculiar because a man and his wife are both incarcerated.
“They have young children who are dependent on them the children are of nursery, primary and secondary school ages, who are solely dependent on them and they have no one taking care of them.”
Responding to Ogirien’s request, the vacation judge, Justice Oshodi asked why the application was not presented before the magistrate court which is a lower court where the bail of the Baale was initially granted.
“He is a traditional ruler, so I am wondering why none of his fellow traditional rulers can stand as a surety for him.
“Are you saying that there are no traditional rulers within the jurisdiction that can stand for him?” the judge said, thereafter dismissing the application of the embattled former traditional ruler.