A Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, on Friday, refused to grant bail to Eze Ndigbo of Ajao Estate, Lagos State, Frederick Nwajagu, charged with terrorism.
According to Justice Yetunde Adesanya, the court is constrained to refuse Nwajagu’s bail application based on the seriousness of the alleged offence and the severity of its punishment.
Nwajagu is standing trial on a nine-count charge bordering on attempt to commit terrorism, financing terrorism, participating in terrorism and meeting to support a proscribed entity.
The defendant had, on July 25, applied for bail, citing his medical reports.
He said that he was not a flight risk.
On Friday, the judge denied the defendant bail and ordered accelerated hearing of the case.
Adesanya held: “Based on the seriousness of the offence, the severity of the punishment and the proof of evidence before the court, the court is constrained to refuse the bail application.
“The application for accelerated hearing is hereby granted.”
The judge, however, directed correctional centre officials to make an arrangement for the defendant to visit a public hospital for treatment.
At the last adjourned date, counsel to the defendant, Mr E. C. Obiagu (SAN), prayed the court to grant bail to the defendant on medical grounds.
He also told the court that the defendant was a widower and had six children and, therefore, would not jump bail.
Obiagu claimed that the defendant did not possess an international passport and would not be a flight risk.