Justice Olukayode Adeniyi-led Federal High Court in Abuja has thrown out an application for bail filed by a former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, for lack of competence.
Omisore, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly receiving N1.3billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, had filed an application for bail. He was arrested in Abuja by the anti-graft agency on July 3.
EFCC had said its investigations showed that the former Senator received N1.3billion from funds pilfered from the office of the National Security Adviser to fund the campaign of Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, into office in 2014.
Omisore, through his lawyer, Mr. Chris Uche SAN, prayed the court to enforce his fundamental human rights, which he claimed, was abused by the EFCC. He informed the court that the warrant of arrest and the remand obtained by the EFCC was “mere authority” and not in line with the constitution.
He, therefore, pleaded with the court to grant Omisore bail pending his arraignment and to order for his production in court at the next adjourned date. This, the counsel to the EFCC, Mr Takor Ndifon had objected to, saying the former deputy governor was detained based on court order.
Uche had asked the court to vary the conditions of administrative bail granted to the former Senator by the EFCC or in the alternative grant him a fresh bail pending when the anti-graft agency is ready to charge him to court.
The presiding judge had during the last adjourned sitting of the court fixed today (Friday) for ruling on the bail application after listening to the lawyers to both Omisore and the EFCC.
Ruling on the application, Adeniyi held that the bail application of Omisore was premature and incompetent, adding that he should wait the expiration of the 14 day remand order granted by a Court of Coordinate Jurisdiction before exercising his right to bail.