Temporary relief on Friday, came the way of ,Vijah Eldred Opuama,the embattled and incacerated candidate of the Labour Movement ( LM) in the November 16 Governorship election in Bayelsa State following an administrative bail by the Police authorities in Abuja ,the Federal capital territory.
His release is sequel to an order made by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo.
Justice Taiwo had on Monday ordered the Inspector General of Police ( IGP) Mohammed Adamu to produce Opuama in Court on Wednesday.
Opuama, has been detained by the Police since August 15, 2020 was arrested at the premises of the State’s Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal( EPT) in Abuja shortly after he arrived the venue for judgment to be delivered on his petition challenging the authenticity of the documents presented to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) by the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrujakpo.
His matter was however thrown out by the Tribunal.
Ruling on the ex-parte motion brought before the Court by Counsel to the candidate, Michael Odey, Justice Taiwo directed the IGP to produce Opuama in Court on Wednesday and also show cause why the detainee should not be released unconditionally.
Justice Taiwo held that although the veracity of the claims contained in Opuama’s application could not be verified until the Police responded to them, he further posited that it was worrisome that the Police could detain the suspect beyond the constitutionally-permitted 24-hour period without granting him an administrative bail or charging him with any offence before any Court of competent jurisdiction.