Yesterday, Tuesday 06th of November 2018. A 24 years old student of Lagos State University, Dolapo Fasasi and five others who were remanded in prison custody over the alleged assassination of a Policeman who was a Deputy Supretendent of Police till his death named Akingboju Akindele, were all released on bail by an Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrate’s court sitting at Oyingbo, Lagos State.
Dolapo Fasasi alongside Akinjobi Toheeb 29, Adeleke Samuel 26, Chinedu Okorie 24, Dabiri Adekunle 38 and Qudri Kazeem 43 were released by Chief Magistrate Mrs Adeola Adedayo.
Magistrate Adeola said the defendants were released as the Prosecutor, DSP Otu did not file any affidavit for remand before the court.
She said, “This is a case that was adjourned for 7 days and the prosecutor did not file any affidavit processes, there is nothing to show that he filled processes before the court.”
Adedayo also stated that the defendants were freed based on facts before her.
The defendants were arraigned on October 31st 2018 before the court on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder preferred against them by the police.
The prosecutor DSP Otu had told the court during the arraignment of the defendants that the incident took place on October 27, 2018 at Agbowa area of Lagos.
He said that the defendants conspired amongst themselves, to murder the policeman, in order to set some cultists arrested by the police on cult related offences free.
Otu said that they barricaded the road and beat Akindele to death, while he was on his lawful duty with other policemen.
According to DSP Otu, the offences committed are contrary to section 233 and punishable under sections 222 and 223 of the criminal laws of Lagos state 2015.
However, Magistrate Adedayo adjourned till November 6, for the Police to file an affidavit for remand.
At the resumed hearing of the case, the prosecutor was not in court, nor filed any processes before the magistrate court.
Consequently, the magistrate granted the defendants bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
She, however adjourned the case to November 26 for legal advice from the office of the directorate of public prosecution DPP.
Earlier some Lasu students went to the court to show support for one of them, Dolapo Fasasi who was later granted bail.