His lead defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, urged the court to accept the bail application Prima Facie based on the presumption of his innocence in accordance with Section 162 (1). He also pleaded that a liberal approach is taken in hearing the bail application.
The prosecution counsel, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, however, argued that it is not the temporary release of the singer that mattered but the final judgment. He, therefore, urged the court to grant accelerated hearing rather than bail. He added that since the lawyer of the defendant said the defendant is a celebrity, then his actions and inactions have a multiplier effect on youths in the entire federation.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo who presided over the bail hearing after listening to the defence and prosecution arguments granted the singer bail to the sum of two million naira and two sureties.
The trial has been adjourned to 22, 23 and 24 October for accelerated hearing.
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