A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the bail applications filed by the loyalists of the Rivers state Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, linked with the state assembly explosion.
Chime Eguma Ezebalike, Prince Lukman Oladele, Kenneth Goodluck Kpasa, Osiga Donald, and Ochueja Thankgod are the defendants who have been charged with terrorism-related offenses.
These charges were brought against them due to their alleged involvement in the bombing of the Rivers State House of Assembly in October 2023. Furthermore, they have also been accused of the murder of several police officers.
On the 30th of October 2023, a powerful explosion occurred at the Rivers State House of Assembly complex. This incident took place amidst reports of certain lawmakers attempting to impeach Fubara. It has been reported that unidentified individuals, suspected to be arsonists, threw an explosive into the complex at approximately 9:25 pm, resulting in a fire that engulfed the building.
However, the first to third defendants applied for bail, citing health conditions.
Justice Bolaji Olajuwon, presiding over the case in Abuja, dismissed the applications during the hearing on Monday.
The defendants were facing serious charges related to terrorism and alleged murder, which led to the rejection of their applications. Olajuwon emphasized that there was no proof indicating that the correctional center’s facilities were inadequate to address the defendants’ health requirements.
Furthermore, the evidence presented in court demonstrated that the health center’s experts were fully capable and well-prepared to manage the defendants’ condition. As a result, the case was adjourned until February 8, 2024, for further proceedings.