An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, yesterday, discharged nine men charged with the murder of the Apapa Council chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adeniyi Aborisade.
Delivering a ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mr. Alex Komolafe, dismissed the charges against Rotimi Kujore, 44; Fatai Adele, 62; Ismaila Abiola, 50; Amos Fawole, 65; Victoria Falowo, 42; Mukaila Odukoya, 54; Isaac Oropo, 55; Muhammed Babangida, 37;
and Ugochukwu Nwoke, 50.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the accused were arraigned alongside Moshood Salvador, state Chairman of the party, who has since been discharged of the crime levelled against him, which contravened Sections 223 and 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Komolafe, in the ruling, held that the court discharged the accused persons due to the advice from the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) and also ordered that they be released from Ikoyi Prison.The magistrate, however, refused to discharge Kehinde Fasasi, 61, the 10th accused, but granted him bail in the sum N400, 000.