- The absence of witnesses on Monday, January 7, stalled the ongoing trial of Offa robbery suspects
- The suspects are accused of robbing banks and killing many people in Offa local government area of Kwara state in April, 2018
- The trial was stalled at the Kwara state high court in Ilorin due to the lack of witnesses and exhibits by police to prosecute the case
The death of a father of one of the slain police officers identified as Yemisi Makinde, nee Oyeyemi, killed during the Offa bank robbery in Kwara has stalled definite hearing of the case at the state high court in Ilorin.
Justice Halima Salman, who had fixed Monday, January 7, for definite hearing of the case, was informed that inability of the police to produce witnesses and exhibits before the court brought about the development, Nigeria Tribune reports.
Salman also told the court that the deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari, who led the investigation, had pleaded with him to urge the court to vacate the order of definite hearing. The justice, however, adjourned the definite hearing of the case to January 18.
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The defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe, did not object to the plea and also agreed with the prosecution that the case be adjourned till January 18.
Emeribe requested that he should be served with the necessary statements by the witnesses so that he would not be “ambushed”.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that five robbery suspects who allegedly took part in the Offa, Kwara state bank robbery which led to the death of several people including nine policemen pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge preferred against them by the prosecution at a Kwara state high court sitting in Ilorin.
The five accused persons brought before the court were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.
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