Defamation: Court Slams N5m Bail Condition On Ex-Osun Action Alliance Stalwart

Mr. Adekunle Rufai Omoaje

A Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, granted  bail to former Osun State Chairman of the Action Alliance party, Mr. Adekunle Rufai Omoaje to the tune of five million Naira.

The Court directed that the Defendant (Adekunle Rufai Omoaje) be remanded in prison if he does not fulfill the bail conditions.

This was in the case of: Chief (Barr) Kenneth O. Udeze vs. Adekunle Rufai Omoaje., with charge no. CR/02/21, bothering on criminal defamation of the Complainant, which came up on the 14th October, 2021 at the Magistrate’s Court 4B, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja for Mention/Arraignment.

TheFact Nigeria learned that as part of the bail conditions, the Defendant was to produce two sureties in like sum who must reside in Abuja.

One of the sureties must have a company registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and the sureties must depose to Affidavit of Means of livelihood.

When the case was mentioned, the Complainant (Chief Barr. Kenneth O. Udeze) was present in Court and the Defendant (Adekunle Rufai Omoaje) was also present.

S.C. Uchendu Esq. appeared for the Complainant, while Onyinye Nweze appeared for Defendant.

Thereafter, Counsel to the Complainant, S.C. Uchendu Esq. informed the Court that the case was slated for Mention/Arraignment and that they were all ready.

On the Court’s directive, the allegation was read to the Defendant and the Defendant (Adekunle Rufai Omoaje) pleaded that it was false.

Thereafter, Onyinye Nweze orally applied for the bail of the Defendant.

S.C. Uchendu, Esq., Counsel for the Complainant, opposed the oral bail application.

He posited that the facts orally relied upon for bail were bogus assertions of reputation and facts which ought to have been filed in writing formally and substantiated with verifiable evidence of same.

Uchendu said that this was to enable the Complainant’s Counsel counter those facts with his own evidence and facts as the assertions were not true, but such oral application for bail had shortchanged him and denied him of that opportunity.

In the alternative, S.C. Uchendu Esq. urged the Court to be cautious and to make the conditions of the bail such that it would guarantee the Defendant’s attendance to his trial because of the Defendant’s antecedents of not coming to Court.

The case was adjourned to Monday, November 8, 2021 for Hearing.

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