Blogger Olunloyo gets N1m bail

An online blogger, Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, was yesterday granted N1 million bail by the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
The blogger was remanded in Maximum Prison in the Garden City last month for alleged cybercrime.
This followed a bail application brought by her counsel, Fatai O. Lawal.
Justice H. I. O. Shamah, who delivered ruling at 3.10 p.m, said the court exercised discretionary power to arrive at the decision because the blogger’s offence was “bailable”.
Justice Shamah said the accused must produce a surety in like sum, adding that the surety must be resident in Port Harcourt with a verifiable address.
The judge also said the surety, if a civil servant, should not be below Level 12 and must submit a letter of employment as well an identification card.
He said surety would also sign an undertaking to ensure the accused does not jump bail and promise to bring her to court on adjourned dates.
Justice Shamah said Omololu-Olunloyo must submit her international passport to the court, sign an undertaking not to influence the court proceedings and promise to appear in court any day the matter is adjourned.

He said the court took into cognisance the arguments of the prosecution and defence lawyer before arriving at the verdict.
Speaking after proceedings, the blogger’s lawyer Fatai Lawal said: “We brought an application for the bail of my client and it was argued yesterday (Monday) and the ruling was just delivered. I think the bail condition is set.
“The court has ruled and I think we must abide by that. The bail conditions are a bit long: one surety, either a civil servant of not below Level 12. If the person is a civil servant, the conditions are there; if the person is not, the conditions are also there.
“It depends on our ability to meet the bail conditions. The court has already given its ruling.”


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