By: Joy Odor/Kaduna:
The former Kaduna State Correspondence of Vanguard Newspaper, Mr Luka Binniyat’s unrealistic bail conditions have been relaxed by Justice Bashir Sukola of Kaduna High Court after spending 93 days in Kaduna Prison.
Prior to relaxing the bail conditions, Justice Sukola had earlier allowed for a 15 minutes break where he advised both the Prosecution Counsel led by Abdulhakeem Mustapha (SAN) and Defence Counsel, Barrister James Kanyip to go and debate the bail conditions and report decision to the court.
After deliberations, both Counsels emerged and agreed that bail be granted the accused person with two sureties upon presentation of bank statements of not less than N10million credit each.
In addition, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna State Council, Comrade Adamu Yusuf is also to stand as a surety for the accused.
Previously, Justice Sukola had granted the accused, bail bond of two sureties within the jurisdiction of the court, with bank account not less than N10million each and attached originals of their international passports.
The court which was filled mostly with supporters of Binniyat who had come to show solidarity, and few others who were against him, was tensed all through the proceedings.
In an interview with newsmen outside the courtroom, wife of the accused, Mrs Gladys Luka Binniyat thanked God that her husband was finally going to breathe the air of freedom.
She described his absence for over three months as a big setback for the family, especially the younger children.
Mrs Binniyat said that as a full time house wife, his absence brought a whole new chapter to their lives, but appreciated his friends, family and colleagues for supporting the family all through.
“The children really missed their father, especially the last two, but the younger ones understand what is happening, especially based on what they have been reading on the social media.
“It would have been worse for me, but I felt better every day I take food to him,” she said.