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Jailed ex-governor asks court to grant him bail to get herbal treatment; judge refused

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Jailed ex-governor asks court to grant him bail to get herbal treatment; judge refused

Former Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame, who was recently jailed for 14 years for criminal breach of trust, two years for criminal misappropriation, seven years for gratification and five years for obtaining by dishonesty, asked the court for bail on Wednesday.

Arguing through his counsel, Olalekan Ojo, the ex-governor said he is appealing his sentence, but while that is going on, he needs to be granted bail in order to get access to the traditional herbal medicine he uses in treating hypertension and diabetes. The lawyer claimed that a hospital issued report said Nyame could lose his life if he remained in jail.

The judge, Adebukola Banjoko rejected his application, describing it as “unmeritorious.” She said as a convict, he can only be granted bail and rihht to medical facilities of his choice under exceptional circumstances like when the prison authorities say they are unable to provide his medical need.

Justice Banjoko ruled that there were no credible materials provided by the convict to warrant granting him bail.

She said “the medical reports presented to the court were conflicting and the dates on them are not corresponding with each other.”

“If indeed, he needs any medical attention he should apply to the Ministry of Interior, because the Prison authorities are under the ministry,” the judge ruled.

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