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Dattijo, former Niger commissioner, may breathe air of freedom tomorrow

Aliyu, who is standing trial along with one Tanko Rajab, is alleged to committed ‘criminal conspiracy,’ punishable under section 97 of the penal code. Other…

Aliyu, who is standing trial along with one Tanko Rajab, is alleged to committed ‘criminal conspiracy,’ punishable under section 97 of the penal code.

Other offences he is accused of having committed include forgery, contrary to section 364 of the penal code, which, if convicted, would earn them 14 years imprisonment; injurious falsehood, contrary to section 393, which is liable to two years imprisonment and section 7 (1) of the penal code, with regard to obtaining and circulating classified, official document under official secrets law, cap 90 law of Niger state, which attracts 14 years imprisonment.

He was arrested following allegations of his involvement in authoring a publication about the Niger State government on issues bordering on misappropriation of funds which was addressed to the state assembly and further published on a national paper.

According to Dattijo’s lawyer, Mohammed Ndayako, who spoke to Sunday Trust, the former commissioner is expected to be released physically on Monday, saying that last Thursdays’ declaration of bail by the appeal court was yet to be implemented due to non completion of paper work.

“The release order has to be brought from Abuja and served in the Minna prison before his release, and, I believe, that will be done by Monday. Pending that, he still remains in detention,” Ndayako said.

Ndayako explained that the condition for his bail stated that his client must present a surety resident in Abuja with a certificate of occupancy and a sum of N500,000, stating that the lawyer who handled the Abuja case, Yahaya Mahmud, SAN, duly provided them in line with the dictates of law.

While stating that the bail was at the discretion of the court, council to Dattijo stressed that the appeal court expressed the best of judgement to let his client free, adding that the offence was ordinarily bailable.  

The case is due for hearing on June 23 at Court Six of the Federal High Court under the guidance of Justice Aliyu Mayaki, who was the chairman of the defunct Judiciary Commission of Inquiry (JCI) that probed the government of Kure.