The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered that a music promoter, Alagbada Lateef, popularly called Lati Alagbada, should be released on bail following the failure of the Federal Government to extradite him to the United State where he is said to be wanted for trial on hard drugs charges.
Justice Muslim Hassan had in May granted an application by the Attorney General of the Federation to extradite Alagbada to the US.
Following an application by his lawyer, Dr Babatunde Oni, the judge granted Alagbada N5m bail with one surety in like sum.
The judge, in his ruling, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic might have delayed Alagbada’s extradition, adding that the music promoter had also appealed the judgment granting the AGF’s request to extradite him.
The judge ruled, “The applicant applied for bail pending appeal. There were evidences that the defendants were served but did not respond. It is trite law that an undefended suit is deemed as an admission in law.”
“I am obliged to rely on the supporting affidavit. I am also aware that the applicant has filed an appeal against the judgment of this court and records of appeal have been compiled and transferred with appeal number entered.”
“Since this court granted an extradition order, the respondents have not taken any step. I am also aware of the fact of the travel ban as a result of COVID-19.”
“Consequently, bail is granted in the sum of N5m with one surety, who must be a public servant not below Grade Level 15 or a landed property owner.”