Ese: Yunusa re­turns to Kano af­ter bail

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

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Yunusa Dahiru, the man ac­cused of kid­nap­ping the Bayelsa girl Ese Oruru has been re­leased on bail af­ter six months in prison cus­tody.

A Fed­eral High Court sit­ting in Ye­nagoa, the cap­i­tal of Bayelsa state granted him bail but due to the strin­gent con­di­tions laid down by the court, Yunusa could not meet the con­di­tions un­til Fri­day.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust in Kano yes­ter­day, Yunusa, pop­u­larly known as Yel­low, said, “I have learnt my lessons. This case has taught me a lot of lessons and shaped my life. I will be cau­tious on how to re­late with oth­ers in my fu­ture life. Though I was sent to prison, Mus­lim broth­ers from the North un­der the aus­pices of Mus­lim Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MULAN) are al­ways help­ing me.

“I thanked ev­ery­body that di­rectly or in­di­rectly as­sist me in this case. I am the hap­pi­est per­son to­day be­cause I am re­unit­ing with my fam­ily af­ter spend­ing six months in prisons. Though the case is not over, I am con­fi­dent the truth will pre­vail.”

Also speak­ing, the Chair­man, Mus­lim Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria, Kano state chap­ter, Sheikh Mu­jibur­rah­man, com­mended the court for re­lax­ing the bail con­di­tions and some Chris­tian vol­un­teers for stand­ing as guar­an­tors.

He said: “The con­di­tions laid down by the court were strin­gent and could not be ful­filled. But our lawyers pleaded with the court and it re­laxed the con­di­tions and even at that we could not meet the con­di­tions with­out the sup­port of our Chris­tian broth­ers who vol­un­teered and stood for Yunus. We could not meet the con­di­tions be­cause we could not pro­duce a Bayelsa in­di­gene tra­di­tional ruler re­sid­ing there and a state civil servant work­ing in Bayelsa state to stand for Yel­low. But for­tu­nately a tra­di­tional ruler and a state civil servant on level 16, both in­di­genes of Bayelsa, vol­un­tar­ily stood for Yel­low.”

On her part, Bar­ris­ter Huwaila Muham­mad Ibrahim said over 100 lawyers had vol­un­teered to stand for Yunusa with Sheikh Al­haji Yunusa Us­man (SAN) as the lead­ing coun­sel.

The case has been ad­journed till Septem­ber 13, 2016 for con­tin­u­a­tion.

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