Court rules on Baba Ijesha .’s bail request on Monday

An Ikeja Special Offenses Court will decide Monday on a bail petition filed by Olanrewaju James, aka Baba Ijesha, whether the convict met special circumstances that would allow the court to grant him bail.

Judge Oluwatoyin Taiwo set the date after receiving arguments from both the prosecution and defense counsel.

The bail application follows on from the prison sentence imposed on Baba Ijesha by Judge Taiwo, who sentenced him to a concurrent five-year prison term.

However, his legal team is in court to appeal the verdict.

When the case came up on Wednesday, one of the convict’s counsel, Chukwudi Adiukwu, told the court that the team had filed a bail notice pending the appeal under Section 6(6) of the 1999 Constitution and Article 51 of the Supreme Court Act. of Lagos State, Administration of Criminal Law, admitting the applicant on bail, either unconditionally or on reasonable terms.

Speaking about the special circumstances, Adiukwu explained that the application was made before Judge Taiwo as getting a date in the Court of Appeal could be difficult given the number of cases pending in court.

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He stated that with the prison month calendar, the convict would have served his concurrent five-year sentence within three years and six months before the appeals court hearing could take place.

He added that Baba Ijesha behaved well in court during his trial and was never absent until the verdict.

He therefore urged the court to take into account the special circumstances in order to release the convicted person on bail.

In response, the state prosecutor, Omowunmi Bajulaye-Bishi, said that counsel in their speech had failed to identify the special circumstances that could allow Baba Ijesha to grant bail; therefore, the court is requested not to grant bail to the convicted person.

Justice Taiwo adjourned until September 19, 2022 to rule.

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