Federal Court Imposes Further Condition On Lagos Assembly Aspirant, Onamade, Grants Police Order Of Arrest If Breached

Kunle Adelabu

IGP Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police and Mr Oluwatosin Onamade, a former Chairmanship aspirant in Ijede.

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, has imposed further condition on Mr Oluwatosin Onamade, an aspirant for the Ikorodu Constituency II seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Honourable Justice Ayokunle Faji, while stating that he cannot go ahead with the matter since the Defendant’s lawyer is sick, also added that he has to impose additional condition on the Defendant.

He directed Onamade who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Home Funeral Limited, Ijede, to report at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, every Monday in addition to earlier order given by the court in February, when he was asked to submit his international passport.

The judge added that the police are at liberty to arrest him whenever he fails to report.

“In pursuant of the conditions imposed on 18th of February 18, 2021, the Defendant shall report at the State CID Panti, Yaba, every Monday. If any of the conditions imposed is breached, the prosecution shall be at liberty to arrest the Defendant”, Honourable Justice Faaji ruled.

“This matter is adjourned to July 22 for the motion of bail”.

Earlier in the matter, the presiding judge, after appearances by the two prosecuting counsels, announced that the court received a letter from the Defense lawyer, Mr Tunji Osikoya, that he would be unable to appear before the court due to health complications.

The lead prosecuting lawyer, Mr Okoye, who usually attends the case from Abuja, at first, protested hearing about the letter but later told the court that he has no objection to it after reading the letter presented to him by the judge stating the lawyer’s state of health.

The Defendant had in February entered a not guilty plea over the two count charges leveled against him by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Suit No: FHC/1/32C/2021, last year.

He was alleged to have contravened Section 24 and 24 (2) (a) of the Cybercrimes act, 2015.

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