Murder: Lagos court frees APC chieftain, 2 others




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Lagos –  An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Thursday Lagos  discharged and acquitted an APC chieftain,  APC chieftain, ,63,  and two others over alleged murder and possession of  firearms.

The magistrate, Mr  E. O. Ogunkanmi, made the pronouncement after he had read an advice  from the office of the of Public (DPP).

The two accused are Mr Folami Musiliu, 65, a Special Adviser to the and Mr Tobun Abiodun Lukman, 35, the  Chief Security Officer to of the APC chieftains the .

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kasali a former Commissioner for Special Duties  and former governorship aspirant the platform of  the APC    .

Kasali and the two persons were first arraigned Nov.  11, 2014, charges bordering conspiracy, attempted murder, murder and possession of fire arms.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday, Mr Jonathan Ogunsanya, the prosecutor and  a Senior Counsel in  the Ministry of Justice, informed the of an advice signed by the DPP, Mrs  E. I. Alakija, and urged the to effect this.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]

Ogunkanmi  read out a part of the advice  dated March 31 and  recommending the discharge of  the first, second and third defendants  as no case preferred against them.

“The first to third defendants are hereby discharged  and the case is hereby struck out, ” he said.

After reading out the DPP’s advice,  Ogunkanmi pronounced the three defendants discharged and acquitted.

Mr. Kunle Odufayo, the counsel to Kasali,  said that there nothing special about the case, adding that the DPP’s  advice equally confirmed his client’s  position and innocence.

Odufayo said that with the outcome of the case, the judiciary had demonstrated that it remained the last hope of the common man.

He said that since the law did not allow for self help, everyone had to ventilate his or her rights.

At the last adjourned date, the DPP had ordered the police to conduct investigations into the alleged murder charges leveled against the three persons.

An advice dated Dec. 9, 2014, and signed by the Lagos State DPP,  Mrs  Olabisi Ogungbesan, had compelled the police to conduct thorough  into the matter.

The letter said that the evidence in the case file could not sustain the charges leveled against the three accused persons.

NAN reports that the men were alleged to have conspired among themselves  and with some others now at large  to have shot and Musiliu Ogboye Lamidi  on Nov. 9, 2014, at Akodo in  Ibeju-Lekki Local Area of the state during the collection of Permanent Cards.

They were also alleged to have been in possession of a pump action Avar Magnum gun with registration No 6381, without appropriate authority.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 211, 231, 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 and Section 27 (b)(1) of the Fire Arm Act. Cap 28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2011.

The did not take the plea of the accused persons, although Magistrate Olatunbosun Abolarinwa,   was holding brief for Ogunkanmi,  granted them bail on self recognition.

The counsel to Kasali had urged the court to admit the accused persons to  bail due to their status.

When the accused persons were charged before the court, the then prosecutor, Mr  Femi Adamson, a Senior State Counsel and  now a judge, had informed the court that the matter should be referred to the DPP  for legal advice.

Adamson also advised the court prosecutor to verify the addresses of the accused persons. (NAN)