Court Grants Bail To Federal Lawmaker, Dagogo After 62 Days In Detention
Justice Chinwendu Nworgu of Rivers State High Court has finally granted bail to a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Farah Dagogo after spending 62 days in Nigeria correctional centre.
The lawmaker, who was former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Rivers State is standing trial for alleged felony.
Dagogo was arrested on April 22, 2022 at the venue of the screening exercise for the party’s governorship aspirants in Port Harcourt.The State Governor, Nyesom Wike had declared the federal Lawmaker wanted for allegedly hiring suspected cultists to disrupt a screening exercise at the party secretariat.
SaharaReporters had reported that Justice E. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had first granted Dagogo bail.
The State Commissioner of Police in breaching the order of the court hurriedly arraigned him before Justice Nworgu of the state High Court, who subsequently remanded him in custody of the Nigeria correctional facility.
It reported that Justice Obile had while ruling in a fundamental rights action and ex parte application by his lawyers ordered the state Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal and Investigation Department, Deputy Superintendent of Police, the state’s Attorney General, and Chief Magistrate, Amadi Nna, to release Dagogo from police detention and restore his personal liberty.
The court also issued an order of interim injunction restraining the respondents, especially the police, the commandant of the Government House, DSP Efeturi Irikefe, the fourth respondent, the state Attorney General, and Chief Magistrate A. I. Amadi Nna from further instigating, threatening, harassing and invading the personal liberty of Dagogo.
The court equally restrained the respondent from further obstructing the PDP governorship aspirant or hindering him, detaining him in custody from additionally attending his screening in party primaries as well as other electoral processes
However, those orders were fragrantly breached by the officials of the Rivers State Government and the Police Commissioner.