A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and a former Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Tola Kasali, and two other persons who were charged before a Lagos Chief Magistrates Court sitting at Ebute-metta on alleged offence of murder were yesterday discharged.
The others were Folami Musiliu, 65, and Tobun Abiodun Lukman, 35.
Dr. Kasali, a governorship aspirant under the APC in Lagos State, and other two persons were charged before the court by the men of Criminal Investigation Department of Lagos State Police Command, Panti-Yaba, on November 11, 2014, on charges bordering on conspiracy, attempted murder, murder and illegal possession of fire arm.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday, the prosecutor, Mr. Jonathan Ogunsanya, a senior state counsel from Lagos State Ministry of Justice, informed the court of an advice issued and signed by the Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs. E. I. Alakija, and urged the court to effect the same.
Parts of the advice dated March 31, 2015, reads: “Recommending the discharge of first, second and third defendants, as no case is against them.
“The first to third defendants are hereby discharged, and case is hereby struck out.”
Upon the reading out of the DPP’s advice, Magistrate Ogunkanmi pronounced the three defendants discharged and acquitted.
Speaking on the outcome of the case, Kasali’s lawyer, Mr. Kunle Odufayo said there was nothing special about the case, and that the DPP’s advice equally confirmed his clients’ position.
Odufayo said with the outcome of the case, the judiciary remained the last hope of the common and uncommon man.
He said since the law did not allow self help, everyone had to ventilate their rights in court, and that with the ventilation of his clients’ rights, they had been vindicated with the DPP’s advice.
At the last adjourned date, the DPP has ordered the Nigerian Police to conduct further investigation into the alleged murder charges levelled against the three accused persons.
A DPP advice dated December 9, 2014, and signed by the then Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs. Olabisi Ogungbesan, now a judge, had compelled the police to conduct further and thorough investigation in the matter, as the evidence in the case file could not sustain the charges against the three accused persons.