Four teenagers and three others are allegedly languishing in the
detention of the Ogun State Police, Ota Divisional Headqurters for
over a year without trial on the order of an Ota Magistrate Court.

This revelation was made through a petition by the Federal Public
Complaint Commission to the Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice
Olatokunbo Olopade during a courtesy call on the latter yesterday.

According to the petition, a copy of which was obtained by our
correspondent, the young chaps were detained sinced 19th July, 2014
because the court was yet to receive the advice from the Director of
Public Prosecution.

The detainees, according to the document, included a 16 year old
Sunday Wasiu; 18 year old Azeez Alabi; 19 year old Segun Abayomi and
Rasaki Abdulazeez; 20 year old Sulaimon Bankole and Ifadele Osuolale;
and 23 year old Rilwan Sodiq.

The Federal Commissioner in charge of the commission in Ogun State,
Oluyemisi Dawodu who submitted the petition on behalf of the accussed
person said the young lads were still in detention without any
concrete move.

Accroding to the petition, four out of the 11 accussed persons were
released on bail by the police while the remaining seven whose parents
couldn’t afford the bail conditions of the police were subsequently
charged to court.

The commission therefore sought the intervention of the chief Judge
for speedy and hasten dispensation of justice on the accussed person
who were ‘wrongly’ accussed of armed robbery.

“When the Commission contacted the Magistrate Court at Ota, it was
discovered that their files have been transfared to the Department of
Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Abeokuta with charge number
MGT/763c/2014.

“In the course of further investigation on this matter, we met with
the Director of DPP who informed us that they were working on their
files and the advice would soon be rendered.

“Our first letter to the DPP was dated 15th July, 2015 with reference
No. PCC/OG/AO/2015/425-431/9464-9470. We believe your intervention in
the matter will hasten the administration of justice,” she said.

Dawodu explained that the commission was established, among others to
investigate complaints of injustice, oppression and victimisation.

She explained that the agency had resolved a total of 158 of the 196
cases it received since April 2015 when she assumed the headship of
the commission.

Dawodu noted that the commission has helped to promote genuine peace
and stability in the state through its activities.

She therefore sought for collaboration between the agency and the
court for a more effective administration of justice.

“I should not fail to add that the commission should not be seen as
being at variance with the law courts. Rather, it is serving. A
complimentary role to the courts in that the weight of the large
number of cases that should have gone to the court is greatly
diminished due to the existence of the commission,” she said.

Olopade who commended Dawodu for the good work pledged the support  of
the Ministry of Justice for the commission recalling that her office
received a petition from the commission in year 2015 which was
promptly treated.

Olopade explained that the alleged case must be one of such that the
magistrate had no jurisdiction to handle promising to investigate the
case with a view to ensuring that justice was done timely.


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