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General News of Saturday, 14 May 2022


Embattled Rivers PDP governor aspirant Dagogo gets bail

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The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has granted bail to a governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Farah Dagogo.

Justice E. Obile granted Dagogo bail following an ex parte application taken to court by his legal team.

The judge, in his ruling, ordered the state Commissioner of Police Eboka, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal and Investigation Department, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Attorney General of Rivers State and Chief Magistrate Amadi Nna to release Dagogo from police detention and restore his personal liberty.

The court also issue an order of interim injunction restraining the respondents, especially the police, the commandant of government house, DSP Efeturi Irikefe, and others  from “further instigating, threatening, harassing and invading the personal liberty” of Dagogo.

The court equally restrained the respondent from further obstructing the PDP governorship aspirant or hindering him, detaining him in custody from attending his screening in party primaries as well as other electoral processes.

Dagogo’s lead lawyer, Dr Innocent Ekwe, who spoke to journalists shortly after the court proceedings, explained that following the granting of bail to his client “the verification has just been done. Our client is now to be released by the Commissioner of Police.”

Ekwe said the PDP knew the consequences of not giving Dagogo an opportunity to be screened as a governorship aspirant in the state.

“We know the party will screen him now that he has been given bail because the party knows the consequences of excluding him unlawfully.

“The people who are pursuing prosecution may wish to continue, but we have filed a preliminary objection, challenging the information as incompetent and as being politically motivated.”  

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