An Ikeja High Court has granted has admitted the bail of staff members of Chrisland Schools after they were arraigned by the Lagos State Government.
Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Belinda Amao, and Nwatu Victoria were charged with manslaughter due to recklessness and negligence which led to the death of a student, Whitney Adeniran.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Justice Oyindamola Ogala granted the defendants bail after the defence counsel moved the motion for bail on March 28 and 29 respectively.
The motion was not opposed by the prosecution led by State Attoney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).
The first and second accused were admitted by Ogala to a N10 million bail each with two sureties of the same amount.
She also agreed to set the bail for the third and fourth accused at N20 million each with two additional sureties in the same amount.
The judge ruled that each surety had to be employed, have reliable documentation of the financial status and be a resident of the area covered by the court.
“All the sureties must have two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government and must submit their international passports with the Chief registrar of the state high court,” Ogala said.
To perfect their bail, the court ordered the defence counsel to write an undertaken for the defendants to be released to them.
The defence counsel includes Bimpe Ajegbomojon (first defendant), Richard Ahonarougho, SAN (second defendant), Olukayode Enitan, SAN, ( third defendant), Ademola Animashaun (fourth defendant) and Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, (fifth defendant) while Oluwatodimu Ige held brief for the family of the late student.
According to NAN, the defendants allegedly committed the offence on February 9 at approximately 1 pm in Agege Sports Stadium, Agege, Lagos as signed by Dr Babajide Martins on March 24.
The prosecution maintained that the reckless and negligent act which endangered human life contravened Sections 224 and 251 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The case was therefore adjourned till March 25 to commence trial.
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