A Chief Magistrate court sitting in Ebute Meta, Lagos state, has discharged nine men charged with the murder of the Apapa local government chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adeniyi Aborisade.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Alex Komolafe, dismissed the murder charges against the accused persons on Friday, August 17.
Chief Magistrate Komolafe dismissed the murder charges against Rotimi Kujore, 44; Fatai Adele, 62; Ismaila Abiola, 50; Amos Fawole, 65; Victoria Falowo, 42, Mukaila Odukoya, 54; Isaac Oropo, 55; Muhammed Babangida, 37; and Ugochukwu Nwoke, 50.
The accused were arraigned alongside Moshood Salvador, chairman of the
Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who has
since been discharged of the crime levelled against him.
Chief Magistrate Komolafe, in the ruling, held that in view of the advice
from the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, the court
exonerated the accused persons.
The Chief Magistrate also ordered that the nine accused be released from Ikoyi Prison but refused to discharge Kehinde Fasasi, 61, the tenth accused but granted him bail in the sum N400,000.
The offences contravened Sections 223 and 233 of the Criminal Law of
Lagos State, 2015.