Senator Benson Konbowei Granted N50 Million Bail by FCT High Court

Senator Benson Konbowei, representing Bayelsa Central, has been granted bail of N50 million by the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Apo. The senator, facing charges including forgery of the National Youth Service Corps exemption certificate, appeared in court on Tuesday and was granted bail pending further proceedings.

The prosecution, represented by Rubben Egwaba, opposed the bail application, citing concerns that the senator might interfere with the trial. Egwaba highlighted the defendant’s alleged attempts to influence the case and petition against the prosecution.

In response, Gordy Uche (SAN), the counsel for the defendant, assured the court that Senator Konbowei would not abscond if granted bail. The trial judge, Christopher Oba, exercised discretion and granted bail to the senator, setting the amount at N50 million and requiring two sureties with landed properties in the Federal Capital Territory.

Despite the bail grant, Senator Konbowei has been remanded in Kuje correctional facility until the bail conditions are met. Judge Oba emphasized that bail is at the court’s discretion, considering the nature of the charges and the absence of a capital offense.

The judge declined the defendant’s oral application to provide an undertaking for the senator’s appearance in court until bail is perfected. The case has been adjourned until June 24, 25, and 27 for further proceedings.


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