Why We Withdrew From Offa Robbery Suit - Counsel
Facts have emerged on factors responsible for the withdrawal of counsels to the suspected armed robbers in the recent Offa bank robberies attack.
Speaking with reporters in Ilorin, a member of the legal team, Abdulrasheed Lawal, who reflected the position of his boss, Abdulwahab Bamidele, said: “What actually happened was that when the case was brought to us, we never had full knowledge of the matter but to be sincere, the very day the attack was carried out, I felt bad.
"However, knowing full well that the case has to do with massive killings and robbery incidence with high public interest, it is blood that is running in my veins too".
He, however, maintained that, “understanding these facts, we have decided to withdraw our services in this matter and the magistrate has granted our letter".
No fewer than five of the suspected armed robbers linked to the Offa Bank robbery attacks were on Wednesday arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin for mention.
About 33 people were killed in the attack including police personnel and a pregnant woman among others.
It was gathered that the police prosecutor, ASP Jimoh Abdulkadir, who held brief for Officer-in-Charge of Legal, Kwara State Police Command, Kunle Iwalaiye, informed Magistrate Bio Saliu of an application submitted before the court indicating that the suspects have cases to answer.
He added that there was need for the police to carry on in its investigations in order to allow for the arrest of more suspects and transfer them to a proper court for trial.
Already, Magistrate Bio Saliu has granted the withdrawal application of the defence counsel and also consented to the claim that the accused persons have cases to answer, as moved by the Prosecutor, ASP Abdulkadir, on the advice of the Department of Public Prosecution of the Kwara State Ministry of Justice.
"This decision will allow the suspects to know their fates in good time," Saliu added.
He, therefore, adjourned the case to Thursday 6 December, 2018, and ordered that the accused persons remain in prison custody.
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