BY ESE DIBEBI
Nollywood actor, Ibinabo Fiberesima has asked to be released on bail while the Supreme Court hears her appeal against the appellate court’s judgment in which her five-year sentence for manslaughter was upheld.
In an affidavit of urgency filed in support of her bail application, Victor Eden said Fibresima had just undergone surgery to remove breast cancer and expressed the Actors Guild of Nigeria president’s fears that the surgical wound which had yet to heal might be present a danger to her life if she remained in prison custody.
“It will be in the interest of justice and for her health and safety for the appellant to be admitted to bail pending the hearing and determination of the appellant’s appeal before the Supreme Court,” Eden said.
But Justice Ndukwe-Anyanwu who led the panel of appellate court justices rejected the affidavit stating that copies of the court judgments leading to Fiberesima’s conviction and sentence were not attached to the bail application.
He maintained that failure to attach the judgments had rendered the application incompetent and the court could either strike out the bail application or adjourn for the appellant to do the needful.
Fiberesima’s lawyer, Nnaemeka Amaechina opted for an adjournment so he could rectify the error. The hearing was then adjourned till April 7 to hear the application.
Last Friday, a Lagos Court of Appeal upheld Justice Oluwayemi’s 5-year jail term judgement for the 2006 manslaughter case involving the death of Dr. Suraj Giwa.