Bashir Junaid, one of the detainees in the murder trial of the PDP chieftain, Funsho Williams, has filed a suit seeking an order of mandamus compelling the inspector general of police to re-open investigations into how the late PDP governorship candidate in Lagos was murdered.
The order was granted as Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday agreed to Junaid's request.
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Junaid, a former cemetery attendant, was detained for about a year in connection with Williams's murder, but later released.
His suit listed the following as respondents: the police inspector general at the time, Sunday Ehindero; the Lagos state commissioner of police; the investigating police officer in the murder case; the attorney general of the federation at the time; Modupe Shasore; the former Lagos state governor, Senator Bola Tinubu; Dr Muiz Banire; Babatunde Edu; Dele Alake; and Oladele Ajomale.
According to Talentarenaafrica.com, in the suit Junaid cited Tinubu as a prime suspect.
In a 48-point statement of claims in support of the suit, Junaid who lives at 6/8 Oladiti Street, Ilupeju, Palm Grove, Lagos, averred that due to the influence of Tinubu and Banire and the compromising position of the investigators at the Federal Central Investigations Department (FCID) Alagbon, Banire was only cautioned and made to rewrite another statement by the police, while his freely confessed statement which could have assisted the police in its attempt to unravel the actual killers of Williams, with the concrete and implicating evidence, was discarded by the police at Alagbon Close, Lagos.
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Williams was killed on July 27, 2006 at his Dolphin Estate residence in Ikoyi, Lagos.