DPO’S Murder: 26 Suspects Discharged, 5 Remanded

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An Iyanganku Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday discharge 26 suspects in connection with the murder of CSP Ike Nworgu following the advice of the Oyo Sate Directorate of Public Prosecution.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nworgu was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Agugu Police Station in Oyo State Police Command before his death on April 1.
The Magistrate, Mr A. Adebisi, said that the accused persons should not be charged with any criminal offence.
The accused persons including Aminu Idowu, Adebayo Hammed, Rilwan Kazeem and Oguniran Olalekan were arraigned on April 10 on a five-count charge of conspiracy, murder and unlawful possession of firearms.
Also arraigned alongside the defendants were Tiri Oladele, Lateef Sulaiman, Taofeek Ajibola, Ajibade Oloyede, Jelili Rafiu, Adebayo Kudus, Kudus Dauda, Olusegun Onaolapo, Dare Rasak and Abiodun Olarenwaju.
Others are Alimotu Oriyomi, Obisesan Tobi, Lanre Ajekigbe, Ogundele Kazeem, Fantôme Dele, Olajire Mutiu, Dayo Oriade, Yeni Morenikeji and Taye Johnson.
Adebisi said that two of the defendants, Okikiola and Jelili should, however, be retained as prosecution witness.
“Consequent upon legal advice therefore, the two defendants should be preserved, protected and be prepared to be used as prosecution witness in this case.
“Police authority are hereby advised to collect their particulars with the view to tracking them when trial commences”.
The DPP’s advice, which was dated June 23, however, directed that five other defendants should be charged with offences of conspiracy and murder.
According to the advice, the allegations of conspiracy and murder were contrary to and punishable under Sections 321, 316 and 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38. Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
The magistrate said that the defendants including Sakiru Bello, Abdullahi Dabiri, Yemi Onifade, Isamail Alli and Rilwan Mulli should be remanded in prison custody.
The matter was adjourned till July 28 for mention.

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