By David Okpala/Stella Okpala
Ekwulobia (Aguata LGA), Dec. 9, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Chief Judge, Justice Onochie Anyachebelu has directed lawyers to pursue bail applications vigorously so as to decongest Correctional facilities.
Justice Anyachebelu made the call while conducting jail delivery at Federal Correctional Centre, Ekwulobia.
The Chief Judge said: “court is, and shall ever remain court of justice, as such, if you have a case, ask for bail.
“If your argument is logical and in line with the provisions of the law, bail will be granted.
“Even if it is refused, find out why, make corrections, get back to the court with clearer argument, you will get justice,’’ he assured.
Justice Anyachebelu adds: “if lawyers can tidy up their cases, present them in the court promptly, Correctional facilities will be decongested’’.
A student of Holy Family Secondary School Igboukwu, Master Chisom Ezeudo, who had been in the Correctional facility, was granted bail.
The bail was ₦200,000 with two sureties in like sum, possibly his father or blood relations.
Master Ezeudo was a second defendant in a burglary case of four persons.
He got bail after his lawyer; Mr Olanike Babalola argued that Chisom was an industrious student who engaged in block moulding in the days of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period, when schools were closedown.
“Unfortunately, the block industry, where he was working was far from his home so he searched for where he can stay that was closer then; he met a friend who lured him into sleeping in a bugged house.
“When the game of burglary was up, the police came into the building and arrested everybody.’’
Considering this argument, the judge granted Chisom bail.
Other conditions of bail include an acceptable identification in Nigeria such as voter’s card, driver’s licence, international passport, National identity card/slip.
A letter of identification in a letter head from a priest of a recognised Church, Igwe, President-General or Secretary of town union and two passport photographs. Others that received bail include Maduabuchi Ojimba, Christopher Osuji, Uche Okeke and Echezona Okoli.(MOI)