Offa Bank Robbery: Court Picks New Date For Hearing
A Kwara state High Court sitting in Ilorin has adjourned the case filed against 5 robbery suspects who allegedly took part in the last year's April bank robbery in Offa.
The case will be heard on January 18, 2019 as the prosecution failed to bring witnesses to testify.
The accused brought before the court were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.
They are facing 5 count-charge of alleged conspiracy, armed robbery, murder, culpable homicide and illegal possession of fire arms.
When the case, which was slated for definite hearing came up on Monday, Jimoh Mumini, Kwara state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) who stood in for the prosecution said that the Police could not bring their witnesses who are all in the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
According to the DPP, "All the witnesses in the robbery case are Policemen who investigated the case and they are all from the Police Headquarters in Abuja. No witness was taken from Offa where the robbery took place and non from Kwara state. "
Mumini said that all efforts he made to the Police Assistant Inspector General, David Igodo who is in charge of investigation and Mr Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police who led the investigation team to Kwara state to produce the witnesses in court did not yield any result.
The DPP said, "on the 10th of December, 2018, I wrote a letter to the AIG, Mr Igodo which I copied to this honorable court to make available all witnesses in this case in court today. I followed it up with phone calls on January 2, 4 and 6, 2019. It was at about 8.07 pm yesterday (Sunday) that Abba Kyari, DCP told me that the witnesses will leave Abuja for Ilorin this morning. I told him that the court would sit at 9am. The AIG then told me to beg the court for short adjournment. "
He, however, sought for short adjournment.
The Defence Counsel, Mathias Emeribe, who said that the prosecution was not ready to go on with the case, did not oppose to the adjournment.
He pleaded with the court to order the prosecution to serve him with the amended charge as well as the confessional statements of the five accused.
In his ruling, the trial Judge, Justice Halimat Salman ordered that the Police should present the witnesses in court to avoid further delay.