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Court Frees Embattled Rivers PDP Gov Aspirant, Dagogo On Bail

Hon. Farah Dagogo, a governorship hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, has been granted bail by a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.

In a fundamental rights case, Justice E. Obile granted Dagogo bail after his legal team filed an ex parte application.

In his ruling, Justice Obile ordered the state Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, the State Criminal and Investigation Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police, the state’s Attorney General, and Chief Magistrate, Amadi Nna, to release Dagogo from police custody and restore his personal liberty.

The court also issued an interim injunction prohibiting the respondents, particularly the police, the commandant of the Government House, DSP Efeturi Irikefe, the fourth respondent, the state Attorney General, and Chief Magistrate A. I. Amadi Nna, from further inciting, threatening, harassing, or invading Dagogo’s personal liberty.

The court further barred the respondent from impeding or hampering the PDP governorship candidate, as well as keeping him in detention and preventing him from participating in party primaries or other election processes.

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Dr. Innocent Ekwe, the lead lawyer, stated shortly after the court hearings that the bail application had been heard and decided.

“The police arrive this evening at the federal high court bringing a letter from the office of the DCR to confirm and verify that the order and warrant admitting him to bail is from the court.

“That verification has just been done. Our client is now to be released by the Commissioner of Police.

“I filed the proceedings at the federal high court, an application for his bail, which was heard and determined. And the terms of the bail have been fulfilled,” he stated.

The PDP, according to Ekwe, understands the ramifications of not allowing Hon. Dagogo, who represents the Degema-Bonny federal seat in the House of Representatives, to be screened as a governorship candidate in the state.

“And the fact that he was not screened due to the fact that he was abducted from the venue.

“We promptly write to the party, informing them of the scenario and asking them to give him another fate for him to be screened.

“And we know the parry will screen him now that he has been given bail because the party knows the consequences of excluding him unlawfully.

“The people who are pursuing prosecution may wish to continue, but we have filed a preliminary objection challenging the information as incompetent and has been politically motivated.

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Hon. Farah Dagogo, a governorship hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, has been granted bail by a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.

In a fundamental rights case, Justice E. Obile granted Dagogo bail after his legal team filed an ex parte application.

In his ruling, Justice Obile ordered the state Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, the State Criminal and Investigation Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police, the state’s Attorney General, and Chief Magistrate, Amadi Nna, to release Dagogo from police custody and restore his personal liberty.

The court also issued an interim injunction prohibiting the respondents, particularly the police, the commandant of the Government House, DSP Efeturi Irikefe, the fourth respondent, the state Attorney General, and Chief Magistrate A. I. Amadi Nna, from further inciting, threatening, harassing, or invading Dagogo’s personal liberty.

The court further barred the respondent from impeding or hampering the PDP governorship candidate, as well as keeping him in detention and preventing him from participating in party primaries or other election processes.

READ MORE: Bandits Kill Villagers In Attack On Bauchi Community

Dr. Innocent Ekwe, the lead lawyer, stated shortly after the court hearings that the bail application had been heard and decided.

“The police arrive this evening at the federal high court bringing a letter from the office of the DCR to confirm and verify that the order and warrant admitting him to bail is from the court.

“That verification has just been done. Our client is now to be released by the Commissioner of Police.

“I filed the proceedings at the federal high court, an application for his bail, which was heard and determined. And the terms of the bail have been fulfilled,” he stated.

The PDP, according to Ekwe, understands the ramifications of not allowing Hon. Dagogo, who represents the Degema-Bonny federal seat in the House of Representatives, to be screened as a governorship candidate in the state.

“And the fact that he was not screened due to the fact that he was abducted from the venue.

“We promptly write to the party, informing them of the scenario and asking them to give him another fate for him to be screened.

“And we know the parry will screen him now that he has been given bail because the party knows the consequences of excluding him unlawfully.

“The people who are pursuing prosecution may wish to continue, but we have filed a preliminary objection challenging the information as incompetent and has been politically motivated.

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