The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

With the defendant’s plea of not guilty, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date and also urged the court to remand them in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services, till the determination of the charges against them.


However, lawyers to the defendants, Chief (Mrs) Lilian Omotunde: Bolanle Kolawole and Mr. E. O. Okenyin, while not objecting to the trial date requested by the prosecutor, begged the Court to hear their clients’ applications for bail, which they said have been served on the prosecutor.
Justice Oweibo, upon listening to the submissions of parties in the bail applications, admitted all the defendants to bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in the same like sum each.


Justice Oweibo ordered that sureties to Olabode and Ramon must have landed properties within the jurisdiction of the court, however, he ordered that sureties to Adegboyega; Tayo; Adekunle, and Tunbosun must be civil servants not below grade level 10, either from Lagos State or Federal Government establishments.


Oweibo subsequently, adjourned the matter till October 8, for trial and ordered that the defendants should be remanded in the NDLEA custody, pending the fulfillment of the bail conditions.

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Philomena  Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.

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