Yesterday, Iyan-Tama was finally granted bail after almost two and a half months in prison.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Umar said the court has nullified Iyan-Tama’s earlier trial, saying the trial, which was carried out by chief Magistrate Ahmad, contravened due process of litigation and was not properly conducted.
She, therefore, ordered for a retrial of the case.
The court has, however, granted the appellant bail on self-cognisance with a bond of N500, 000 pending the trial by another magistrate.
Iyan-Tama apparently is to be given no compensation for the two and a half months in prison (from the end of December until mid-March) he has already served for the conviction after a trial, which was “improperly conducted” in the mobile court attached to the censorship board.