Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos State, has adjourned the ruling on post bail application for Olanrewaju James, also known as Baba Ijesha, till Monday, September 19, 2022.
This follows the arguments of both prosecuting and defense counsels on whether the convict has met special circumstances for court to grant him post conviction bail
This is coming after two months, that the Special Offences Court, sentenced him to a five year concurrent jail term, which his legal team is in court to appeal that judgement.
At the hearing, Chukwudi Adiukwu, one of the defense counsels for the convict, says the team brought notice for bail pending appeal in pursuant to section 6 (6) of the 1999 constitution as amended, and 51 of the high court law of Lagos State, administration of criminal justice law, admitting the applicant to bail, either unconditionally or upon reasonable conditions.
Highlighting the special circumstances, Adiukwu explains that the application is taken before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, as getting date at the court of appeal might be difficult, considering the number of cases before the court.
He also stated that with the prison month calendar, the convict would have served his five years concurrent jail term within 3 years and 6 months, before the hearing might take place at the appeal court.
He added that, baba ijesha was of good conduct before the court during his trial, and was never absent till the judgement.
He therefore, urged the court to consider the special circumstances, at granting bail to the convict.
In a counter reaction, the state prosecuting counsel, Mrs Omowunmi Bajulaye-Bishi says the defense counsels in their address failed to establish the special circumstances which may grant him bail.
She urged court to dismiss the application for lack of merit.