An Ilorin High Court trying the suspected armed robbers that last year attacked commercial banks in Offa, Kwara state on Thursday abruptly adjourned resumed trial of the suspects.
The court cited security reports for its decision. The court had commenced sitting on the case at about 9.00 A.M for the continuation of hearing as one of the prosecution witnesses, Hitila Hassan continued to give his evidence in chief and was cross-examined by the defence counsel Mathias Emeribe. At some minutes past 2.00 P.M , the trial Judge, Justice Halimat Salman said “reports reaching us are not favourable for the continuation of the case today. I don’t have anything doing but the court had to rise for the case to continue tomorrow(Friday). “For the security of the suspects and all of us here, I have to rise. May God spare our lives till tomorrow(Friday) for the continuation of hearing.”
The five suspects standing trial for their alleged involvement in the April 5th, 2018 robbery incident in bloody Offa, Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran were in court.
In his evidence-in-chief, Inspector Hassan said the confessional statement of the first suspect (Ayoade Akinnibosun) indicted the Chief
of staff to Kwara state government, Babatunde Abdulwahab, political adviser to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Lekan Alabi and one Adeola
He added that the first suspect alleged that he got the AK47 rifles allegedly used in the robbery incident from the above people, saying
that informed their arrest by the police high command in Abuja. Hassan, who said he is an inspector of police attached to the
Intelligence Response Team of the former Inspector General of Police, added that it is headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari. Hassan said he supervised the recording of the confessional statements of Ibikunle Ogunleye (2nd accused ) and Adeola Abraham (3rd
accused), adding that he helped write those of the first accused (Akinnibosun) and 5th accused (Niyi Ogundiran) and he countersigned as the writer. Lead Prosecuting Counsel, Prof. Wahab Egbewole sought to tender the statements as exhibit but Mr. Emeribe objected.
Emeribe argued that the statements were not voluntarily taken, noting that they fell short of the provisions of the Evidence Act particularly
sections 28 and 29. He said :
“They fall short of the Kwara state Administration of Criminal Justice Law because as it did not show the voluntariness of the statements as stated, particularly as it concerns section 33 of the Kwara state Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2018. “Even in the absence of the law they did not comply with the judge’s rules. It must be understood that Kwara state Administration of
Justice Law 2018 was created to protect the rights of the accused when statement of this nature is about to be taken. Failure to yield to
these provisions will automatically render the admissibility of same null and void.
Why Amosun Rejected My Resignation – Ojuko
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has rejected the resignation of appointment by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, saying the Commissioner remain part of his cabinet till the end of his administration.
Ojuko, who made the disclosure at a press briefing in his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, he said, the issues surrounding his earlier resignation were already being looked into, adding that contents of the letter were construed and misinterpreted.
“That letter was a love letter between two lovers. I love my Governor and my Governor loves me. In view of this development, I am now back at my desk and wish to place on record that the issues surrounding my earlier resignation are being looked into”, Ojuko stated.
He stated further that issues of Ota/Awori traditional council was quite different to what prompted him resigned earlier, noting that his resignation has nothing to do with that of traditional council.
While fielding questions from Journalists, he said those Ota/Awori traditional council were reacting to some anomalies being meted out to them by Egbas by installing an Egba man as their one of their monarch or Baale in their domain.
“You see, it is imperative to react accordingly that’s what the Ota/Awori traditional council did, but my own case is quite different because it has to do with politics, now that you can see that it was two different things entirely”, Ojuko said
He appreciated the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for his quick intervention and Ota/Awori traditional council for their understanding, praying for peaceful resolution of the matter.
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Gbajabiamila Is On Course To Become Speaker ….Tunji-Ojo
Chairman of the First Timers Forum in the soon to be inaugurated 9th House of Representatives, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has described the report of adoption of Hon. Umaru Bago by 156 Reps elect as untrue and a mere wishful thinking. Tunji-Ojo said he could confidently assert that absolute loyalty of all the 203 ‘first timers’ in the House to the speakership ambition of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is never in doubt.
Tunji-Ojo said that all the 203 elected ‘first timers’ in the House of Representatives would not only strive for the emergence of Gbajabiamila, but would also insist on an open ballot for the election of presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly in June.
Tunji-Ojo added, “We are seriously agitating for open ballot. Our people should also be able to know our position on any national issue. It is ideal for the beauty of democracy and for the preservation of the hallowed chamber, the open ballot should be given a place of priority in our process.”
Tunji-Ojo also described the claim of the Bago’s camp as refreshing comedy that could only be dignified with hearty laughter. He said, “As the Chairman of First Timers Forum, I can confidently assure that all our 203 members are with Hon. Gbajabiamila. We have our records, strategy and obtained loyal commitment from members. With all these, I am overly confident that Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is very much on course to become the Speaker of the 9th House”.
It will be recalled that 156 Representatives elect were reported to have declared support for the member representing Chanchanga Federal Constituency of Niger State, Honourable Umaru Mohammed Bago to become Speaker of the 9th House. The meeting where the endorsement took place was said to have been held at a location in Gwarimpa, Abuja early on Saturday, May 18.
Meanwhile, the report of rising support for Hon. Bago has been dismissed by the camp of Hon. Gbajabiamila who is the preferred candidate of the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Moreso, the Gbajabiamila’s camp had said that nothing concrete was realistically on ground in the opposition camp to stop the member representing Surulere Federal Constituency of Lagos State from becoming the Speaker of the 9th House.
“Politics of who becomes the next Speaker of the House is favourably titling towards the direction of the House Leader, Hon. Gbajabiamila. Although, we are not leaving anything to chance and we will continue to reach out to those that are yet to join our camp. Be as it may, this for us, is a task that must be achieved”, said Tunji-Ojo.
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