Monday, February 1, 2016 5:43 pm
A Chief Magistrate Court in Kaduna on Monday granted bail to the Kaduna State University , KASU, lecturer , Dr. John Danfulani who allegedly posted an inciting and hateful comment on Facebook.
The presiding magistrate, Awalu Musa , said since the case before the court was a bailable offence , there was no reason to deny the accused bail.
He however, granted bail to the lecturer in the sum of N5million bond with two sureties with N2.5 million each .
He said each of the sureties should be a director with the state civil service .
Earlier, the prosecuting counsel, Ibrahim Jamil urged the court to allow the lecturer to remain in police custody for three weeks pending when investigation on the matter before the court is concluded.
The court had on Friday detained the lecturer and asked the prosecution to complete investigation at the weekend, but the prosecution reported the investigation was handicapped because, corporate offices and telecom service providers were shut at the weekend.
However, the defence counsel to the KASU lecturer , Barrister Gamaliel Kore, who led 12 lawyers to the court , vehemently opposed the prosecution’s application to detain the lecturer for another three weeks .
He posited that the order of the court was for the prosecutors to conclude investigations between Friday and Sunday , which they did not do and didn’t apologise.
According to defence counsel, the prosecutors only gave excuses . “We all know that telecom service providers operate all days of the week, ” he added.
He submitted that since the prosecution have clearly disobeyed the court , he urged the court to grant the accused bail in liberal terms.
“It is an attempt on the side of prosecution to punish an innocent person accused of an offence he has not been convicted of. Investigation is not a factor to be considered in granting bail.”
He equally told the court that there is no justice and fairness if the court allows the accused to be remanded.
The case has been adjourned till 7 March 2016 for further hearing.
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