Thursday, 17 March 2016

Court Denies Ibinabo Fiberesima Bail Despite Ill Health

Ibinabo Fiberesima, who is currently serving a 5-year jail term for manslaughter, was denied bail today by the Court of Appeal in Lagos, even after one Victor Eden, in a six-paragraph affidavit of urgency stated that Fiberesima is currently recovering from a breast tumor-removal surgery and requires medical attention.

Victor had said, “Her wound has not fully healed and as such she is afraid that her continued stay in prison may endanger her life, as she will not have access to special medical attention.''

He added that it would be in the interest of justice and for her health to admit Fiberesima to bail pending the hearing and determination of her appeal at the Supreme Court.

Today, the three-man panel of judges, headed by Justice U.I. Ndukwe-Anyanwu, ruled that Ibinabo's bail application was incomplete, as she failed to attach to her application, copies of the judgment affirming the 5-year jail sentence imposed on her by a Lagos High Court.

Presiding Justice Ndukwe-Anyanwu said the only option left was to strike out the application or adjourn it to a further date for a hearing. Consequently, Nnaemeka Amaechina, Fiberesima's counsel, asked for an adjournment to enable him to correct the bail application. The court subsequently adjourned the matter to April 7.

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