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Mass demolition: Oba of Benin’s aide, chiefs leave prison

By Isaac Olamikan

Mr Frank Irabor, Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council (BTC) and Chiefs Okoh-Oboh Ebosele, Aghavbere Osamwemwenguan, Abel Oko-Oboh and Ode Uloko, who were earlier remanded in prison on account of the Ulegun Community bizarre properties destruction about two weeks ago, have been placed on bail pending the final determination of the case at a later date.

Giving his ruling on the request for bail for the Palace Secretary and the chiefs, the judge, Mary Itsueli of High Court 4, Benin, said that the decision to grant them bail was a result of no opposition to the request by the opposing side.

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The judge went ahead to give conditions for the bail to be perfected, viz N1,000,000 bail grant, to be paid to the court; the person standing for the bail should have a verifiable landed property in Benin which will be verified by the court clerk; two passport photographs of the person standing for bail and the applicant should always be available on days of court sittings.

Counsel of the Palace team, Olayiwola Afolabi, in a chat said that the request for bail was in line with the rule of law as the case was a civil case.

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