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After One Year In Underground Cell, Navy Captain Dada Labinjo Granted N10m Bail

By Francis Iwuchukwu

IKOYI, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - Justice Muslim Sule Hassan of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, on Monday (today) granted N10m bail to a naval captain, Dada Labinjo, who is said to have been in underground detention for over a year.

In granting the bail, Justice Muslim Sule Hassan directed Dada Labinjo to produce one surety who must own a landed property in Lagos and must show evidence of three-year tax payment.

Justice Muslim Sule Hassan directed that Dada Labinjo be released to his lawyer, Jerry Omoregie, pending when he would meet the bail conditions within 15 days.

Justice Muslim Sule Hassan equally directed the lawyer to submit his Certificate of Call to Bar to the court’s registrar as a guarantee that he would produce his client for trial.

Justice Muslim Sule Hassan granted Dada Labinjo bail consequent upon his arraignment alongside others on two counts of dealing in petroleum products without lawful authority.

Among the other defendants was Labinjo’s wife, Bola Labinjo, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.

In arraigning the defendants, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) hinted Justice Muslim Sule Hassan that they had conspired among themselves between August and October 2018 to deal in Automobile Gas Oil (diesel), without the appropriate licence.

The anti-graft agency insisted that the defendants committed the offence “within the Nigerian maritime domain and the Gulf of Guinea.”

The Commission further argued that the defendants acted contrary to sections 3(6) and 1((19)(a)(b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Revised Edition) 2004, and were liable to be punished under Section 1(17) of the same Act.

But they pleaded not guilty, while other defendants were admitted to bail in terms similar to Labinjo’s.

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