Yunusa Dahiru

By Emmanuel Addeh

Justice H.A Ngajiwa of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Monday ruled that Mr Yunusa Dahiru, the alleged abductor of 14-year-old Ese Oruru, should be returned to a Bayelsa remand facility pending the determination of his bail application.

The judge’s order followed the inability of both the five-man defence team of the suspect, led by Mr Kayode Olaosebikan, and the three-man team of police prosecutors headed by Kenneth Dika to present ‘cited authorities’ in their arguments during the court session.

Ngajiwa held that the application for bail could not be fully heard since counsel to both parties failed to furnish the court with all authorities cited in their cases as directed by the court, especially whenever the lawyers’ processes are to be adopted.

However, Mr Dahiru who is facing a five-count charge of criminal abduction, illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge, was brought into the court room at about 10.am accompanied by some prison officials.

Kano-born Dahiru, who wore a pensive look throughout the court session and seemed emaciated, was garbed in a green traditional Hausa dress.

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