EndSARS Protester Still In Prison With Newborn

Written by on June 22, 2021

The Ondo State High Court, on Monday, did not grant bail to Kemisola Ogunniyi, one of the EndSARS protesters who delivered a baby in prison.

The 18-year-old was arrested last year for allegedly vandalising property during the EndSARS protest which took place in Akure, the state capital.

 Naija News had earlier reported that the teenager gave birth to a baby boy in the prison last wednesday.

The state government has expressed its readiness to secure the bail of the defendant.

The counsel to the defendant on Monday disclosed that the judge, Justice Omolara Adejumo, said she was not aware of the bail application made by the counsel.

The defendant’s counsel, Tope Temokun, explained that he sought the audience with the judge and he was told that the bail application would be heard on Tuesday.

He said, “The assurance we had was to get her released today, but as a lawyer, I know the procedure. That is not to say that we should allow the naming ceremony to take place in prison. And we are fighting against that seriously.”

The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Charles Titiloye, said, “There are procedures for all court matters. It was a court order that put the person in the custody and the court order has to be followed in securing her bail. So Tuesday is not too late. We have to follow the court procedure.”

-BBC


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