Friday, 18 March 2016

5-year Imprisonment: Actress Ibinabo Fiberesima Bail Application Denied

Efforts by convicted actress and former beauty queen, Ms. Ibinabo Fiberesima, to secure bail at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, suffered a setback yesterday due to the incompetence of her application.
The three-man panel presided over by Justice U.I Ndukwe-Anyanwu observed that the appellant failed to attach copies of the judgment delivered by the court which affirmed the five-year jail sentence imposed on her by a Lagos High Court.
When the matter came up yesterday, Ibinabo’s lawyer, Nnaemeka Amaechina informed the court of an application dated March 14 stating that he had also served the application on the Lagos state government.
However, the application could not be heard as the court observed that the appellant failed to attach copies of the judgment of the court, thereby rendering the whole application incompetent.
Justice UI Ndukwe-Anyanwu, said the only option left was to strike out the application or adjourn it till further date for hearing.
Consequently, Amaechina sought an adjournment to enable him do the needful. The court subsequently adjourned the matter till April 7 for further hearing.
Meanwhile, Ibinabo has asked the Supreme Court to set aside the judgment of the lower court.  In her notice of appeal, the appellant stated that the Court of Appeal erred in law when it affirmed the alteration by the High Court of Lagos state by setting aside the option of a N100,000 fine and substituting it with a term of 5 years imprisonment.
The actress was handed a five-year prison sentence by Justice Deborah Oluwayemi for reckless driving, which caused the death of one Dr Giwa Suraj in an auto accident along the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos.
The appellate court dismissed the actress’ appeal in its judgement delivered on February 11 and affirmed the decision of the Lagos High Court.

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