Reprieve came the way of the embattled former Divisional Police Officer of the Pen Cinema, Agege Police Station, Segun Fabunmi on Thursday as a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja granted him bail.
Fabunmi who has been dismissed by the Nigerian Police Force was arraigned before Justice Olabisi Akinlade for allegedly killing Adedamola Daramola during a protest against the removal of fuel subsidy on January 9, 2012.
Fabunmi was admitted to bail in the sum of N250 million with two sureties in like sum. Justice Akinlade, while granting the bail application observed that Fabunmi would be in need of special medical attention which he may not get in prison if denied bail.
She also disclosed in her ruling that a medical report issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, which disclosed that the defendant was suffering from renal (kidney) failure, was sufficient to grant him bail.
“What is important in granting bail is for a defendant to place sufficient materials before the court for it to exercise its discretion in his favour. It is when a defendant has done that this that the burden of proof will shift to the prosecution, who will have to show cause on why the defendant should not be granted bail,” Justice Akinlade said while noting that the Fabunmi had provided sufficient materials to enable him get bail.