Court denies Gov Fubara’s loyalists bail

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the bail applications filed by the loyalists of the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, linked with the state assembly explosion.

Osiga Donald, Ochueja Thankgod, Kenneth Goodluck Kpasa, Prince Lukman Oladele, and Chime Eguma Ezebalike are the accused.

They were charged with terrorism after the police said they were involved in the October 2023 bombing of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

They were also charged with the murder of a few police officers.

An explosion shook the Rivers State House of Assembly building on October 30, 2023.

The event coincided with purported efforts by certain legislators to remove Fubara from office. Information surfaced that around 9:25 p.m., a few people suspected of arson hurled an explosive into the complex, starting a fire in the structure.

The first through third defendants, however, requested bail, referring to medical issues.

In his decision, Justice Bolaji Olajuwon dismissed the applications on Monday in Abuja.

According to her ruling, the defendants faced a capital offense that involved allegations of murder and terrorism.

Olajuwon continued, saying that there was no proof the prison’s amenities couldn’t accommodate the offenders’ medical requirements.

She continued by saying that the evidence presented to the court demonstrated the competence and equipment of the health center’s specialists in handling the defendants’ conditions.

The hearing on the matter was then postponed until February 8, 2024.