Murder: Court Grants Ekiti Monarch Bail


After spending 58 days in the prison custody,  Ekiti State High Court on Friday granted bail to the Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, who was answering charges of  murder in a case preferred against him by the state government. The trial Judge, Justice Abiodun Adesodun,  in his ruling in Olukere’s bail application , admitted the monarch to bail in the sum of N5 million and two sureties in like sum. Standing trial with the Olukere are Ajewole Sunday, Adetowoju Bode, Kayode Michael, Olowolafe Tola and Aluko Taiwo. The Olukere has been having a running battle with Governor Ayo Fayose over  inability to grant him due recognition as  a monarch by the state government . Justice Adesodun also ruled that the two sureties must swear to affidavits and produce tax clearance certificate showing evidence of tax payment for three years. The jurist  ruled  that if released to credible surety, the applicant would not jump bail considering his position as an Oba. The judge said he had studied the affidavit filed by the defence and the counter-affidavit filed by the prosecution and noted that the grant or refusal of bail was predicated on some factors.