Blogger Ijele's Fate Precarious as Bail Hearing Is Pushed Back

Ijele Sahara reporters

The magistrate court sitting in Abuja today adjourned the bail application for prominent blogger and social media influencer Ofoegu Chukwuma, popularly known as Ijele, to Friday, April 12th, 2024.

Ijele, celebrated for his substantial presence across various social media platforms, will remain in detention at the Keffi Correctional Centre in Nasarawa state until the court reconvenes to determine his fate following the bail application.

The adjournment came after a series of arguments presented by the defense lawyer, Malvin Omorugbe Esq, who replaced human rights activist Deji Adeyanju. Adeyanju, previously representing Ijele, reportedly caused a stir during the last sitting on April 4th. He voiced concerns about a private discussion between the prosecutor and the judge during Wednesday's hearing, suggesting potential misconduct and threatening to file a petition against his counterpart.

In response, Counsel to Ijele, Malvin Omorugbe, challenged the prosecutor's arguments by asserting that the magistrate court lacked jurisdiction to grant bail to suspects and highlighted that the police had filed a case in the high court. Omorugbe further claimed that no documents were filed, as the prosecutor is yet to produce any evidence to support the allegations.

Ijele's detention stems from unproven accusations he made against Evangelist Ebuka Obi, alleging the conduct of fake miracles and branding him as a dishonest figure exploiting religious sentiments for personal gain. The case has ignited legal turmoil, prompting discussions on jurisdictional matters and procedural integrity within the Nigerian legal system.

The upcoming hearing on April 12th is anticipated to shed further light on the intricate legal proceedings surrounding Ijele's case and may determine whether bail will be granted, marking a pivotal moment in the ongoing saga.

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