“Ridiculous”: Court Sets N2m Bail For Boy Accused of Stealing Bicycle “Not Worth” 50k

Dec 3, 2023 | Entertainment, News


  • A magistrate court in Ogba, Ikeja in Lagos state has reportedly granted a bail of N2 million to a boy accused of stealing a bicycle
  • A Nigerian lawyer, Olanipekun Tobi, raised the alarm on his X page (formerly known as Twitter) on Friday
  • According to Olanipekun, this kind of judgement is the reason Nigerian prisons are overpopulated

Legit.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5-year-experience covering metro and government policy

Ikeja, Lagos state – A Nigerian lawyer, Olanipekun Tobi, has raised alarm after a magistrate court in Ogba, Ikeja in Lagos state granted a bail of N2 million to a boy accused of stealing a bicycle.

Olanipekun said that’s the reason for prison congestion in Nigeria.

Court sets N2m bail for boy accused of stealing bicycle "not worth" 50k
Nigerians react as court sets N2m bail for boy accused of stealing bicycle
Photo Credit: Court of Appeal
Source: UGC

He added that the bicycle that the boy was accused of having stolen was not worth N50,000.

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The lawyer disclosed this via his X page (formerly known as Twitter) @OlanipekunTobiD, on Friday, December 1.

He tweeted:

“There is a Magistrate in Ogba, who just set bail conditions for a boy accused of stealing a bicycle. Guess the terms?

“2 million naira!

“Two Million naira bail for a boy who is accused of stealing a bicycle not even worth 50k.

“And you wonder how our jails are overpopulated?

Nigerians react

Reacting to the magistrate’s bail condition, prominent lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, described it as Outrageous and ridiculous!

@InibeheEffiong

Outrageous and ridiculous!

@Brown__Sophie

Outrageous

And you tell me that the Magistrate will sleep well at night.

@itweetmamind

Quite outrageous tbh. But I believe you can appeal a bail application to the high court which can then vary the decision of the magistrate court.

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@sonofomenuko

See, it is true our laws/constitution are bad in some respects, but the major problem is with the people manning our institutions. How does a Magistrate not apply proportionality in a situation like this? Sad!

@DISSENTING_VIEW

I think the courts should revisit the standard they use in dishing out bail. That is how they will ask an accused to provide sureties who are level 14 civil servants with evidence of ownership of property worth 100m, not knowing it is not within the lawful means to acquire such.

@masurge7

Just keep wondering if these guys on the bench are humans

@EbunoluwaD_

Wow

How do they even come up with things like this?

What kind of ridiculous amount is this?

@Uncle_B2K

Very unreasonable! However, no form of campaign against the judiciary would change the conditions. Only due process would do. The lawyer of the boy knows the right thing to do. Let him just do it ASAP.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, granted N300 million bail.

Justice Hamza Muazu of the High Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama gave the ruling on Wednesday, November 22

Justice Muazu held that Emefiele should produce two sureties, who must have landed property in the Maitama District of the FCT.

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The NDLEA had filed the 24-count charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/408/2022, against Kyari and his two siblings – Mohammed Baba Kyari and Ali Kyari – in respect of which they were arraigned in June 2023.

Source: Legit.ng





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