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A surety, Adeshiyan Obasanjo, on Monday appeared before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for allegedly aiding the escape of a fraud suspect.

The court was informed that Obasanjo stood surety for a woman, Yeye Bukola, arrested for issuing a dud cheque and obtaining money under false pretense.

The police prosecutor, Kayode Adeoye, while addressing the court, explained that Bukola was initially held at the Dugbe Police Division, Osogbo.

Adeoye noted that Obasanjo stood surety for the suspect on July 8, 2020 and promised to produce her on July 9 and other time until the case was disposed of.

He, however, said shortly after the suspect was released, she fled to Ogun State.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the two counts bordering on aiding of suspect’s escape from police custody.

The defense counsel, Okobe Najite, made an oral application for his bail.

But the prosecutor opposed the application, saying the fraud suspect since her relocation to Ogun State had refused to show up.

He added that the police tracked the surety before he was also apprehended.

However, the magistrate, A. Adeyeba, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the matter till December 9, 2020, for hearing.

In a related development, the Ekiti State Police Command on Monday arraigned a 65-year-old man, Adaralegbe Kolawole, before an Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court over the escape of a suspect, Segun Eyebiokin.

Kolawole was reported to have stood surety for Eyebiokin, who was alleged to have bought N1.7m goods from one Akinloye Owoseni and ran away without paying the money.

The police prosecutor, Johnson Okunade, told the court that Adaralegbe Kolawole on June 3, 2020, at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Ado-Ekiti, within the Ado-Ekiti Magisterial District did pervert the course of justice by allowing Eyebiokin Segun, whom he stood surety for, to escape.

Okunade said through the act, the defendant had committed an offence punishable under Section 126 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The defense counsel, Ezealaji Endurance, urged the court to grant his client bail, promising that he would not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Olanike Adegoke, granted him bail in the sum of N200,000, with one surety in like sum.

The case was adjourned till November 25, 2020, for hearing.

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