An Igbosere Magistrate court in Lagos has granted popular Nigerian musician, Johnson Hunga Oyindamola, also known as Dammy Krane, bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum.
The magistrate, A. F. O Botoku, also adjourned the matter till October 11 for the commencement of trial.
The musician had earlier pleaded not guilty to the three counts charge preferred against him by the police.
His lawyer, Adebayo Oniyelu, while applying for his bail, said the defendant is “a well-known musician who has not been convicted of any crime and this is the first time he will be accused of one.”
He also said the defendant would not interfere with the prosecution of the matter if granted bail, noting that Mr Johnson had been in prison custody since Friday.
Opposing the application for bail, prosecuting counsel J. I Enang said he ordinarily would not have objected to the application for bail if it were not a national issue.
When asked how the case was a national issue by Mrs Botoku, Mr Enang said it will all be revealed when the time comes. The magistrate insisted on knowing what the matter was and how it constitutes a national issue. In response, Mr Enang said the matter was all over the news already.
“Your Honour, while coming to court today, I already heard it on the radio that a musician is to be arraigned today, it is even an international issue. ”