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Published On: Fri, Mar 22nd, 2019

Court remands man over vote buying in Kwara

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From Oluseyi Dasilva

Kwara state high Court sitting in Ilorin, Presided over by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye has remanded one AbduSalam Abdulkadir in prison custody over an allegation of conspiracy and vote buying during the just concluded March 9th Governorship and State Assembly election in the state.
The court has also adjourned the case till March twenty-eight this year for trial.
The accused person was arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on a two count Charges of conspiracy and inducement, while the second accused person Oye Obalola is at large.
In the two count Charges brought before the Court by counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Mr Nnaemeka Omewa the accused person Abdusalam Abdulkadir was alleged to have on the 9th March, 2019 during the governorship election conspired at polling units 007 college of Education Ilorin to make people vote in their favour.
The accused was also on the same day alleged to be in possession of the sum of one hundred and twenty thousand naira which were meant for the purpose of corruptly influencing people to vote at College of Education Ilorin, Polling units 007 , the offences contravene section 138 of the electoral Act , and Punishable under 130 of the same electoral Act.
In his submissions shortly after the accused person denied the allegations proffered against him the Defence Lawyer, Mr Saka Muhammed urged the court to grant the accused person bail on the ground that he was a first offender and he will not Jump bail.
Ruling on the Oral bail application by the defence counsel, the presiding Judge, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye said sections 36(5) of the 1999 constitution and 170 of Kwara state administration of criminal justice Of 2018 as amended did not make bail automatic.

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