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Justice J.O. Bada of the Court of Appeal, Benin, on Friday dismissed the bail application filed by an ex-policeman, Adeleke Adedeji, who is standing trial for allegedly torturing and killing a car dealer, Benson Obode in 2015 for lack of merit.

Adeleke and three other policemen, Oniyo Musa, Abena John and Henry Shobowale who were serving in the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Lagos State when they allegedly committed the offence were also accused of collecting the sum of N330,000 from the deceased’s account after allegedly killing him.

It took the deceased’s family 63 days to locate the morgue where the deceased’s corpse was deposited and labelled as Benson Agwu. In June 13, 2018, counsel to Adeleke, Matthew Oghogho in an application supported by two paragraph affidavit, urged the court to grant his client bail to enable him seek proper medical attention. Oghogho argued that what the prosecution had against his client was stealing and that the case of murder was yet to be established.

Justice J.O. Bada while delivering his ruling on the bail application filed by Adeleke Adedeji said there was no ground to grant him his
bail.

According to him “There is no strong ground upon which to exercise our discretion in respect of the application of bail in favour of the applicant, Adedeji Adeleke and such , the bail application cannot be granted”, Counsel to Adeleke, Matthew Oghogho however summed his point this way shortly after the court’s ruling on the matter “The court has delivered its ruling.

The opinion of the court is that since the trial still continues in the trial court, we should go back to the trial court and conclude it there.

So the case is not over but what the court has just said is that it is premature to make application at this court at this stage.”

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