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UNIUYO lecturer accused of electoral fraud gets bail

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Akwa Ibom State High Court, sitting in Uyo, has granted bail to Professor Ignatius Uduk, who is standing trial for alleged involvement in electoral fraud during the 2019 general elections.

The presiding Judge, Justice Archibong Archibong, admitted the applicant to bail with N500, 000 and a surety in like sum. Archibong added that the surety must present proof of ownership of landed property and a letter of identification from a prominent citizen of Akwa Ibom who works or does business within the state.

He also noted that the surety must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and must present two recent passport photographs dully certified to be his true photograph.

He said whereas the applicant presented cogent and sufficient to materials to convince the court for bail, while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which opposed his bail, failed to present superior argument to convince the court on why the applicant should be denied bail.

INEC’s Principal Legal Officer, Emmanuel Eze said: “The court has granted the applicant bail with conditions attached to it. The Court has spoken and you don’t question court decision. If you are not satisfied, you can go on appeal.”

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