The Director-General, Imo PDP New Media, Ambrose Nwaogwugwu, was on Monday granted bail by an Owerri High Court, presided by Hon. Justice I. G Chukwunyere.
Nwaogwugwu was arrested and detained by the Department of State Security (DSS) on May 28, 2020 on allegations of defaming Governor Hope Uzodimma.
According to a release issued by the Acting State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Ogubundu Nwadike on Monday and availed to newsmen, Chief Mike Ahamba SAN, led Nwaogwugwu’s legal team.
“His Counsel, Chief Mike Ahamba SAN, had filed an application praying the Court to grant him bail on the grounds that the charges and offenses for which he was arrested, detained and arraigned by the DSS and the Owerri Magistrate Court were all nullity. The government, represented by Barrister K. C Nwokorie on behalf of the Imo Attorney General, had opposed the bail application, after which the Court gave its ruling.
“The Judge held that it did not see any exceptional circumstances for the Court not to exercise its judicial discretion to grant bail to the Applicant, especially when the offenses for which Ambrose was charge were bailable at the discretion of the Court.
“The Court therefore granted him bail with N500,000 recognizance with two sureties who must show evidence of land ownership, payment of two years tax clearance and to swear to an affidavit of means.
In his remark, the Chairman of the party, Sir Martin Ejiogu thanked the Imo Judiciary for standing up for democracy and justice. He also thanked Imo PDP leaders and members, as well as all Imo people, for their support all through the period Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu was in detention. He assured them that Imo PDP will remain law-abiding and peace-loving.”