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Court Denies ‘Eze Ndigbo’ Bail Amid Alleged Terrorism Charges

A Lagos State High Court denies bail application of the “Eze Ndigbo of Ajao Estate” and orders an accelerated hearing of the terrorism trial.

Justice Yetunde Adesanya refuses bail for Frederick Nwajagu and sets the trial date for October 3, 2023.

In the last court session, Nwajagu’s lawyer, Chino Obiagwu, applied for bail, emphasizing that his client is a widower with six children and would not jump bail.

Obiagwu also mentioned his client’s medical condition and the absence of an international passport as reasons why he should be granted bail.

He reminded the court that Nwajagu had been granted bail at a lower court but could not fulfill the conditions.

The prosecution counsel, Jonathan Ogunsanya, objected to the bail application and requested an accelerated hearing of the case.

Ogunsanya stated that the circumstances for granting bail at the lower court were different from the charge filed against Nwajagu in the high court.

The application for bail is denied by Justice Adesanya, who cites the seriousness of the offense and the severity of its punishment.

The court approves the request for an accelerated hearing.

Furthermore, Justice Adesanya instructs the correctional facility officials to arrange for Nwajagu to receive medical treatment at a government hospital.

The trial is adjourned until October 3.

Background

  1. Eze Fredrick Nwajagu, aged 67, was arrested on April 1 following a viral video where he allegedly threatened to invite members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) to Lagos to protect Igbo properties.
  2. On April 5, Nwajagu was charged with conspiracy and conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace before the Magistrate court.
  3. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
  4. On May 6, Chief Magistrate Peter Nwaka granted him bail in the sum of N1m with 4 sureties, but Nwajagu was unable to meet the conditions.
  5. On May 9, Nwajagu was arraigned by the Lagos State Government on nine counts related to acts of terrorism.
  6. The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges.
  7. On July 25, Nwajagu’s lawyer applied for bail on behalf of his client.

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