An Edo State High Court has ordered the immediate release of a human rights activist, Rev. David Ugolor, from the custody of the Nigeria Police.
Ugolor was arrested on July 27 over the murder of the private secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde. A suspect, whose identity has been hidden by the police, named Ugolor during investigation as the sponsor of Olaitan’s murder.
Ruling on an exparte motion brought before the court by Ugolor, Justice Esther Edigin expressed dismay that respondents in the suit refused to answer the court’s summon despite the service of the notice of motion.
Justice Edigin held that the continued detention of Ugolor was a clear breach of Section 37 sub-section 5 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
She said, "I believe this application has merit but I cannot grant the applicant bail because he was not brought before the court."
"However, I order the respondent to release the applicant unconditionally and immediately pending the hearing of the substantive motion on notice. This matter is adjourned till August 23, 2012."