The Ikeja Special Offenses Court will determine on Monday if Olanrewaju James, better known as Baba Ijesha, has exceptional circumstances that necessitate the court giving him bail. The defendant filed a bail application.
NewsReport gathered that Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo set the date after hearing from the counsel for the prosecution and defense.
The bail application is the sequel to the jail term handed down to Baba Ijesha by Justice Taiwo, who sentenced him to a five-year concurrent jail term.
However, his legal team is in court to appeal the judgment.
When the matter came up on Wednesday, one of the convict’s counsels, Chukwudi Adiukwu, told the court that the team brought to notice for bail pending the appeal according to Section 6 (6) of the 1999 Constitution and Section 51 of the High Court Law of Lagos State, Administration of Criminal Justice Law, admitting the applicant to bail, either unconditionally or upon reasonable conditions.
Speaking on the special circumstances, Adiukwu explained that the application was taken before Justice Taiwo, as securing a date at the Court of Appeal might be difficult considering the number of cases before the court.
He stated that with the prison month calendar, the convict would have served his five-year concurrent jail term within three and six months before the hearing might occur at the Appeal Court.
He added that Baba Ijesha was of good conduct before the court during his trial, and was never absent till the judgment.
He, therefore, urged the court to consider the special circumstances to grant bail to the convict.
Reacting to this, the state prosecuting counsel, Omowunmi Bajulaye-Bishi, said the defense counsel in their address failed to establish the special circumstances which may grant Baba Ijesha bail; therefore asking the court not to grant bail to the convict.
Justice Taiwo adjourned to September 19, 2022, for a ruling.