Justice Adekanye Ogunmoye of the Ekiti State High Court has assured parties involved in the trial of suspects accused of complicity in the murder of former state Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers , NURTW, Omolafe Aderiye, of speedy trial.
Justice Ogunmoye gave the remarks at the court sitting in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, saying he was ready for speedy dispensation of justice if the lawyers in the case cooperate with him.
The seven persons arraigned in court in connection with the murder case are; Bayo Aderiye (1st), Niyi Adedipe (2nd), Sola Durodola (3rd), Kayode Ajayi (4th), Oso Farotimi (5th), Sola Adenijo (6th) and Rotimi Olanbiwonnu (7th).
They are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy to murder and the murder of ex-NURTW boss, Omolafe Aderiye. All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Counsel to the 2nd accused person, Nathaniel Oke , SAN, called on the court to give the case accelerated hearing on account of long incarceration of his client and the co-accused in prison custody.
The Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Adeniyi Familoni appeared for the State which charged the suspects to court.
According to Oke, Adedipe had spent almost a year in prison, having been detained since September last year and was recently denied the privilege of participating in his father’s burial.
He said some of the accused persons were suffering from one ailment or the other which would necessitate bail applications to be moved for them.
He said his plea was also predicated on the forthcoming vacation of the Judiciary which is expected to take about one-and-half months.
Oke said: “They have been in custody for almost a year and some of them are suffering from one ailment or the other and we want an earlier date because they will be returned to custody as soon as we conclude the sitting of today.
“They are family men and they have dependants; my client (Adedipe) had his father buried in his absence and he couldn’t attend the funeral rites. We want the court to assist in arriving at an early determination of the matter.”
Justice Ogunmoye said: “My desire is that this matter be given accelerated hearing, I want this matter to be disposed of as soon as possible if you (lawyers) are ready to cooperate with me.
“I have no personal interest in the matter; I want it to be disposed of as early as possible but I need the cooperation of all counsels.”
State counsel, Familoni had earlier moved an application which was brought pursuant to Section154 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Ekiti State and Section 153 (3) of the same Law.
Later, Justice Ogunmoye adjourned the case to September 28 and 29 for definite hearing while witness summons be issued to witnesses to give evidence at the court.

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