Yunusa Dahiru who is standing trial on a five count charge of criminal abduction, illicit s*x and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor, Ese Oruru, has finally left the custody of the Okaka prison in Yenagoa.
After spending over four months in Okaka Prisons in Yenegoa, the Bayelsa state capital, Yunusa Dahiru a.k.a Yellow, the man accused of abducting 14-year-old Ese Oruru was reportedly granted bail and finally left custody
According to reports, Dahiru who was standing trial on a five count charge of criminal abduction, illicit s*x, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor, was immediately taken to his state, Kano, in company with a team of his defence lawyers who usually flew into the state during court proceedings.
It was learnt that contrary to speculation that no Bayelsa indigene was willing to stand surety for the suspect due to the ethnic and religious sentiments being whipped up, the person who eventually fulfilled the bail conditions was from Bayelsa.
Yunusa Yellow at the airport
Recall that Yunusa Yellow’s team of lawyers had been battling to free their client from prison since March but without success. The development followed the stringent bail conditions handed down to the suspect by Justice Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa.
Justice Nganjiwa had set N3million bail bond and two sureties in like sum, resident within the jurisdiction of the court as conditions for Dahiru’s release. He had also ordered that one of the sureties must be a traditional ruler, while the second person must be a civil servant on Grade Level 12 or above.
The bail conditions also stipulated that the two sureties must submit their 3-year tax clearance receipts and that the defence counsel must sign an undertaking that the suspect must not jump bail.
It was gathered that Justice Nganjiwa later relaxed the conditions after he was approached by Dahiru’s lawyers that they were unable to meet some of the bail conditions.
The court had reduced the bail conditions to a Grade Level nine civil servant and further granted the prayer of the defence lawyers to also allow any traditional ruler from any community in the country to stand as surety.
Lead counsel for the Dahiru, Mr. Kayode Olaosebikan, confirmed the release of his client, noting that “his people have taken him away, adding that the cross-examination of the girl (Ese) would continue in the next adjourned date.
Oruru was recently delivered of a baby girl and is still in the protective custody of the Bayelsa State Police Command, which is responsible for her upkeep in collaboration with the state government.
Her cross-examination by Yunusa’s lawyers will continue on September 13, 2016.