Chief Registrar of the Lagos State Judiciary, Mrs Taiwo Olatokun on Wednesday denied a news report making the rounds and suggesting that she instructed Magistrates to deny bail to #RevolutionNow protesters.
Naija News reports that She described the report published on Sahara Reporters on Tuesday as ‘untrue and could “mislead the public.”
In a statement obtained by Naija News, the Chief Registrar noted that the six #RevolutionNow protesters arraigned by the police at an Ebute-Meta Magistrates’ Court yesterday were granted bail by Chief Magistrate A.O. Komolafe and were in the process of fulfilling the bail terms.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Lagos State Judiciary has been drawn to a news report in Sahara Reporters that the Chief Registrar has ordered Magistrates in the state not to grant bail to persons arraigned by police over Monday protest in Lagos.
“We wish to state that there is no iota of truth in the report as no such instruction was given by the Chief Registrar.
“We also wish to state that Magistrate Komolafe of Ebute Meta Magistrate Court in whose court some of the protesters were arraigned actually granted the defendants bail.
“However, in line with generally known and established procedure, admission to bail by the court requires affected individuals to subsequently fulfill the conditions of bail for the bail to take full effect. This is purely at the instance of the defendants after the court has done its part and in this particular case, the defendants are in the process of complying with the bail conditions.
“We reiterate that there was no instruction from the Chief Registrar to refuse them bail and employ media organisations to always verify their report to avoid misleading the public.”
Source: Naija News