A State High Court sitting in Asaba, in the Delta State, has granted bail to Mr. Ambrose Ezenweani, an ex-student of the University of Lagos, the UNILAG. He was victimized, those close to him say, for protesting against students' bursary rackets allegedly perpetrated by officials of the Delta State Commission for Higher Education.

Ambrose was arrested mysteriously on 25th of April, in Lagos, after he was alert enough to resist what appeared like an abduction attempt on him. That abduction was carried out by men on ‘an errand’ by Mr. Hope Eghagha, the Delta State Commissioner for Education. His call of a crowd on them had made the alleged abductors identify themselves, and their mission, which was to force him with them to Delta State. Ambrose decided instead, to go to a police Station with the men.

He presented himself at the Sabo Police Station, in Yaba, Lagos State, where the men, who claimed they had a police order to pick him up. They had no evidence they were either, or held any proof of authority to make his arrest. The strange men, led by a Senior Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan on Education, requested the police to hold him in detention while they "go look for an order” to transfer him to Delta State.

It was a bizarre set of legal circumstances.

After several days, the men who had been short of any valid means to take Ambrose from the Police Station in Lagos, worked out a plan for policemen from Delta State to officially receive Ambrose on their behalf.

On the 28th of April, policemen on the errand from Delta State had worked out an arrangement to help Eghagha, the Delta State Commissioner for Education, to take Ambrose away from Lagos, to Asaba. It was there where he was arraigned on allegations of "causing disunity among students," among other charges.

He was remanded there since then in a detention cell in Delta State.

Since commencement of his trial on the charges against him in a court, his prosecutors have given excuses on either the ‘non-availability of witnesses’ to testify against him, or absence of the plaintiff. In the two dates of adjournments on the matter, no witness was brought forward to say anything. The said plaintiff, an SSA to the Delta State Governor, Mr. Wveda, had reportedly left the country while the matter was on.

Even so, the Ambrose application for bail was opposed. Prosecution attorneys claimed he would not get any reliable surety, asking for him to be perpetually held in detention, though they would not let the matter progress by bringing forth no witness to testify after all.

The judge who presided at the High Court 2 in Asaba, Justice Umokoro, had placed bail conditions of a surety in the sum of N300,000. The conditions were perfected on Tuesday to his release.

The matter was adjourned to the 21st of July, by when the prosecution attorneys are expected to have found witnesses to testify against him.

A State High Court sitting in Asaba, in the Delta State, has granted bail to Mr. Ambrose Ezenweani, an ex-student of the University of Lagos, the UNILAG. He was victimized, those close to him say, for protesting against students' bursary rackets allegedly perpetrated by officials of the Delta State Commission for Higher Education.

Ambrose was arrested mysteriously on 25th of April, in Lagos, after he was alert enough to resist what appeared like an abduction attempt on him. That abduction was carried out by men on ‘an errand’ by Mr. Hope Eghagha, the Delta State Commissioner for Education. His call of a crowd on them had made the alleged abductors identify themselves, and their mission, which was to force him with them to Delta State. Ambrose decided instead, to go to a police Station with the men.

He presented himself at the Sabo Police Station, in Yaba, Lagos State, where the men, who claimed they had a police order to pick him up. They had no evidence they were either, or held any proof of authority to make his arrest. The strange men, led by a Senior Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan on Education, requested the police to hold him in detention while they "go look for an order” to transfer him to Delta State.

It was a bizarre set of legal circumstances.

After several days, the men who had been short of any valid means to take Ambrose from the Police Station in Lagos, worked out a plan for policemen from Delta State to officially receive Ambrose on their behalf.

On the 28th of April, policemen on the errand from Delta State had worked out an arrangement to help Eghagha, the Delta State Commissioner for Education, to take Ambrose away from Lagos, to Asaba. It was there where he was arraigned on allegations of "causing disunity among students," among other charges.

He was remanded there since then in a detention cell in Delta State.

Since commencement of his trial on the charges against him in a court, his prosecutors have given excuses on either the ‘non-availability of witnesses’ to testify against him, or absence of the plaintiff. In the two dates of adjournments on the matter, no witness was brought forward to say anything. The said plaintiff, an SSA to the Delta State Governor, Mr. Wveda, had reportedly left the country while the matter was on.

Even so, the Ambrose application for bail was opposed. Prosecution attorneys claimed he would not get any reliable surety, asking for him to be perpetually held in detention, though they would not let the matter progress by bringing forth no witness to testify after all.

The judge who presided at the High Court 2 in Asaba, Justice Umokoro, had placed bail conditions of a surety in the sum of N300,000. The conditions were perfected on Tuesday to his release.

The matter was adjourned to the 21st of July, by when the prosecution attorneys are expected to have found witnesses to testify against him.

 

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