#EndSARS detainee, Bukunmi regains freedom after nine months
#EndSARS protester, Bukunmi Ayodele, yesterday regained her freedom from an Ondo State prison where she had been detained after police arrested her for protesting in October 2020. This was disclosed by her lawyer, Tope Temokun, who revealed that Ayodele’s bail conditions were perfected on Thursday and she had regained her freedom.
The woman was arrested alongside Kemisola Ogunniyi on October 22, 2020, and the case of the duo had become public interest with many lambasting the police for arresting the two young women as EndSARS protesters.
Recall that on June 22, an Ondo State High Court, sitting at the Olokuta Medium Prison in Akure, granted bail to 18-year-old Ogunniyi, detained over the #EndSARS protest after she birthed a baby at the Surulere Prison in Ondo town.
The police had claimed that they were EndSARS protesters who burnt the office of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state last year alongside Ojo Samuel and Ani Obinna. The charges preferred against them were conspiracy to commit the following felonies, to wit: arson, riotous assembly, stealing, and malicious damage.
In a statement yesterday, the lawyer noted that Ayodele would still need the assistance of Nigerians to get back to her normal life despite her freedom. The lawyer noted that the lady suffered a miscarriage in prison and had no medical aid until her release.
The lawyer said: “Today, being August 5, Bukunmi Ayodele just regained her freedom. In this way, Bukunmi joined the league of Nigerian youths who have sacrificed their freedom in order that Nigeria may be free.
“The case of this #EndSARS detainee, who was arrested on October 22, 2020, alongside Kemisola Ogunniyi, was one of the cases we took up in public interest towards the end of the first quarter of this year after being abandoned in prison for many months.
“The bail was granted Bukunmi on July 8, but the perfection of her bail conditions of N10 million and one surety in the like sum could not come through so easily, for a child who has almost nobody except her poor mother.
“She regained her freedom this evening after we perfected her bail conditions. On behalf of Bukunmi Ayodele, I wish to express sincere gratitude to the Nigerian people for their outcry and moral support shown when the case came to the public domain. Special gratitude to Omoyele Sowore for his passionate intervention at all critical intersections in our collective fight for a just society, where the child of nobody could have a voice and a stand.
“Today, we bought new clothes to clothe Bukunmi Ayodele as she dropped her green prison uniform of 11 months. Bukunmi will need the assistance of those whom God is willing to use for her, to get back on her normal life. She was engaged before her ordeal. She suffered a miscarriage in prison and has carried through her condition of post-miscarriage complications without any medical aid till her release.”