Lekki Gardens MD Richard Nyong gets bail on Self-Recognition

Robert Nyong_Lekki Garden Homes_1Richard Nyong, the Managing Director of Lekki Garden Homes was on Thursday granted bail on self-recognition by Chief Magistrate Afolashade Botoku of an an Ebute Meta Court.

She had slammed a bail of N10 million with two sureties on Taiwo Odofin, one of the contractors of the collapsed building.

She ordered that the duo should report at the State Criminal Investigations and lntelligence Department, SCIID, Panti-Yaba, between the hours of 10.00 a.m., and 5.00 p.m., everyday untll the police investigations were concluded.

She asked them to submit their international passports and should not travel out of the country until the case was concluded.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Botoku had on March 11 ordered the remand of Richard Nyong, MD of Lekki Garden Homes and Taiwo Odofin, one of the contractors handling the project at their first arraignment following a remand application brought before it by the police.

Nyong is the owner of the five-storey building that collapsed in Lekki area of the state which killed 35 people.

The police had urged the court to remand the two defendants pending when they would conclude investigations.

When the case came up on March 23 to hear their bail application, the police had failed to produce the accused and Botoku frowned at the attitude of police.

At the hearing, Botoku, who stood down the case for an hour, ordered the policemen to produce the accused before their bail applications could be heard.

The prosecution led by Goddey Osuyi from the Police Legal Department, informed the court that the police failed to produce the two accused due to an intelligence report that that some hoodlums had planned to attack the court.

Osuyi had said that in the interest of safety, it was not advisable for the police to bring the accused to court.

Lawyers to the accused, Olabode Olanipekun and A. Uwangboje told the court that the prosecutor had informed them earlier before the court sitting and urged the court to apply its judicial discretion in entertaining the excuse.

Botoku, in her ruling, disagreed with the police submission, saying that the court will not submit to a threat, which is the duty of police to ensure that adequate security was provided.

She adjourned the case to March 24, and ordered police to ensure the the two accused were present in court.

NAN reports that the court had on March 11 granted an ex-parte application brought before it by the police, seeking to remand the two accused in its custody pending conclusion of investigation. (NAN)

10 Comments on Lekki Gardens MD Richard Nyong gets bail on Self-Recognition
  • Legally Yours March 25, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Why do we keep on making a blunder of the law? What is self recognition? That is not the proper legal term. Self recognition is when you recognise yourself…lol. sounds stupid right?
    The correct term is ‘OWN RECOGNIZANCE’ and this refers to when an accused person in a criminal trial is released on bail by the Court after he or she has promised in writing to appear in Court on all scheduled days for trial and not to engage in any illegal activity while on bail.
    If the accused fails to abide by his promises, he can be arrested.
    So what the heck is self recognition and what has it got to do with criminal trials?

  • Munachi March 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    You beat me to it. …I keep seeing self recognition on every headline the other day it was used for Rickey Tarfa now this. ..the judges doesn’t even say self recognition in their ruling so I am wondering where they generated or heard it from
    Or is it from someone that missed week 10 in Criminal Law class (dodges slap)….okbye

  • Munachi March 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    *do not *

  • Legally Yours March 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Lol…Munachi, not only did they miss Criminal law classes, they simply refused to open their dictionaries (including Black’s Law dictionary) to learn new words.
    Journalists are also not free from the blame. They are quick to write down anything they hear or see without taking time to do good research on the issue. Consequently, they leave the rest of the populace misguided and even confused. I too sabi people (returns muttered curses?…..)

  • marlvina March 25, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    The headline of this article caught my attention. I was really interested to know what ‘self recognition’ meant in this scenario. SMH

  • Jbaby March 25, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Bella Nija pls his name Richard Nyong and not Robert Nyong

  • thank God March 25, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I’m so happy that commenters pointed out the error. The guy was not bailed by looking in the mirror o or taking a selfie! Lol Self recognition pls get this joke ? ? ?

  • Puttin March 25, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Soon as I saw Self-Recognition, it didn’t ring a bell anywhere nor appeal to English common sense. So I headed straight to google. Thanks to the legal people here who pointed out the bluff and aptly corrected it. Talking about nowadays journalists and their abuse of English Language, it beats me! Na wetin unemployment dey find.

  • Middle Aged Profnl March 26, 2016 at 2:56 am

    BN, you need a good editorial team. I am amazed that the headline of this piece is yet to be corrected, even after the error was pointed out by your readers. I have noticed a gradual decline in the quality of editing of articles posted. Especially grammatical errors, absurd sentence construction…….. I expect more from a team of young professionals. Please resist the pull to be mediocre.

  • OGUNSANYA Olugbenga March 26, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    This is a welcomed and commendable development. An accused is assumed innocent until it is proven otherwise. I commend the magistrate for granting these great Nigerians bail while investigation goes on. The dignity and human rights of Nigerians must be protected at all times.

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