30 NASARAWA WOMEN PROTESTERS STILL IN CUSTODY, COURT SETS JAN 31 FOR BAIL BOND REVIEW
A Chief Magistrate Court in Lafia, Nasarawa State, has scheduled January 31 for the hearing on the application to review the bail conditions granted to 30 women suspected violent protesters and eight others currently remanded at the Correctional Centre.
The protesters were arraigned and detained after being arrested by Nigeria Police operatives for an alleged breach of the peace pact related to the gubernatorial election tussle, where the Supreme Court delivered a judgment in favour of Governor Abdullahi Sule on Friday, January 19.
Magistrate Mohammed Abdullahi-Lanze, presiding over the case, had initially granted bail to the accused persons on Wednesday, January 24, but with stringent bail conditions.
However, a Lafia-based legal practitioner and defense counsel, Barrister Ayiwulu Baba Ayiwulu, expressed dissatisfaction, and subsequently applied to the court for a review.
In a statement on Monday, Ayiwulu stated the purpose of the application, saying, “We have petitioned the court to review the initial order requiring each defendant to produce a director and fulfill other bail requirements.
“We proposed a new bail bond arrangement, suggesting that Hon. Esson Mairiga, the House Committee Chairman on Judiciary, has agreed to stand as the surety for all the women.“Justice will prevail, and the rights of these women will be duly acknowledged.”