Otunba Justus Olugbenga Daniel, the former Governor of Ogun State, who is currently standing trial was on Friday admitted to bail by Justice Olarenwaju Mabekoje of the Ogun State High Court, Abeokuta.
The former Governor was dragged before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on charges of abuse of office, stealing and conversion of state funds and assets to his personal use.
Otunba Daniel’s counsel, Professor Taiwo Osipitan SAN had filed an application for bail supported with a 25-paragraph affidavit asking the court to admit the former state governor to bail.
The counsel told the court that the former Governor had travelled abroad and returned voluntarily after he left office in May, 2011. He also stated that Otunba Daniel was billed to travel abroad on or around October 3, 2011 but he “decided not to when he was hinted of the possibility of his arrest”. He therefore submitted that his client would not jump bail if granted.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs however opined that said it is the discretion of the judge to look into the bail process.
Justice Mabekoje thereafter admitted former Governor Daniel to bail in the sum of N500 million naira (Five hundred million naira) and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must own landed properties in Abeokuta GRA. The titles of the properties and two passport photographs of the sureties must also be submitted to the registrar of the court.