Nicolas Mbah, who has been illegally-remanded in Kirikiri Prison since October for participating in the Lagos leg of last year’s #ENDSARS protests, has just regained his freedom.
His lawyer, Orji Ama Onu, confirmed this to Newsmen on Wednesday, saying Mbah was only released on Tuesday afternoon due to the “lack of passion by officials at the Yaba Magistrate Court”.
On March 16, the Magistrate Court sitting at Yaba, Lagos, had granted bail to Mbah and Ugwumba Chimiezie who were both standing trial for alleged armed robbery, arson and public disturbance.
While Chimiezie was released after meeting his bail condition, Mbah, however, got stuck in prison when the strike by members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) started in early April.
Ama Onu said the prison officials demanded for the court proceedings for the Magistrate’s order, a process that was unnecessarily delayed.
“The prison warder said the new rule was to get the court proceedings alongside the release warrant and before I could obtain the proceedings from the Magistrate Court, I had to surmount a lot of unnecessary obstancles,” Ama Onu said.