The lawmaker representing Degema/Bonny constituency in the House of Representatives, Farah Dagogo has been granted bail by a high court sitting in Port Harcourt.
Dagogo, who was a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Rivers state for the 2023 elections, was granted bail on Tuesday after been incarcerated for 62 days.
Dagogo was granted bail to the tune of N20 million or a surety in like sum with a landed property worth the same amount.
The presiding Judge, Justice Chiwendu Nworgu granted Dagogo bail after listening to all arguments by his counsel and counsel to the Rivers State government.
The court also held that “Defendant deposit his international passport, the surety must be a citizen of Nigeria and an indigene of Rivers State who must have a registered document of title that reside within Rivers State and Port Harcourt mmetropolis. “
The court ruled further that a legal assistant of the court will verify the address of the surety and both the Defendant and the surety would tender two passport photography each and three years of tax clearance.
Speaking to newsmen after the ruling, lead Counsel representing Farah Dagogo, Cosmos Enweluzo, said he was happy that his client has been granted bail, but expressed sadness that it took the court over two months to grant the Defendant bail.
“Where there is rule of law, the right and liberty of a citizen must be respected and honoured. We are talking about a citizen who is a member of the National Assembly, but in all things, we give glory to God and also express profane gratitude to the Judge for extending his discretion and magnanimity”, he said.
Dagogo was arrested by a team of policemen on April 28, 2022, at the venue of the screening exercise for the PDP’s governorship aspirants in Port Harcourt, less than four days after Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike had reportedly declared him wanted for allegedly hiring suspected cultists to disrupt a screening exercise at the party secretariat.