Nigerian Lawyer Charged With Terrorism For Criticising Gov Ayade Denied Bail

The Federal High Court, Calabar, on Wednesday denied bail to Joseph Odok, a Nigerian lawyer and an avowed critic of the Cross River governor, Ben Ayade.

According to Premium Times, Mr Odok was arrested on September 26 in Abuja and brought to Calabar by highway.

His arrest and incarceration is believed to have been instigated by the governor, Mr Ayade, due to his fixed criticism of the Cross River authorities.

Mr Odok’s lawyer, Oliver Osang, informed PREMIUM TIMES that the court presided by Justice Simon Amobeda dominated in opposition to their bail application on the grounds that “we have not shown exceptional circumstances in which he should be granted bail”.

Mr Odok’s bail application was based mostly on well being grounds.

The judge , Mr Amobeda, stated the court was open to receiving any “fact available” from the defence counsel that would result in a overview of its ruling on the bail application.

“We will still pursue it (the bail application),” Mr Osang stated.

Mr Odok was current within the court, so was the prosecution counsel, Dennis Tarhemba, a deputy superintendent of police.

The court final month rejected an application by the Nigerian police to withdraw the fees in opposition to Mr Odok, saying it was the lawyer basic of the federation, and never the police, that has the facility to withdraw the fees.

The lawyer is accused of inciting some communities in Cross River in opposition to each other which the police stated was able to undermining the security of the state and punishable below The Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

He can also be charged with cybercrime for allegedly accusing the chief of workers to Mr Ayade, Martin Orim, of being a cultist.

He pleaded not responsible to the two-count cost.

Mr Odok’s Facebook web page comprises crucial remarks on Mr Ayade.

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