Lagos - An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates'
Court on Thursday in Lagos discharged and acquitted an APC chieftain,
Dr Tola Kasali,63, and two others over alleged murder and
possession of firearms.
The magistrate, Mr E. O. Ogunkanmi, made the
pronouncement after he had read an advice from the office of the State
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
The two other accused are Mr Folami Musiliu, 65, a Special
Adviser to the Lagos State Government and Mr Tobun Abiodun Lukman, 35, the
Chief Security Officer to one of the APC chieftains in the state.
It is reported that Kasali was
a former Commissioner for Special Duties and former governorship aspirant
on the platform of the APC in Lagos State.
Kasali and the two other persons were first arraigned on
Nov. 11, 2014, on charges bordering on conspiracy, attempted murder,
murder and illegal possession of fire arms.
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At the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday, Mr Jonathan
Ogunsanya, the prosecutor and a Senior State Counsel in the Lagos
State Ministry of Justice, informed the court of an advice signed by the DPP,
Mrs E. I. Alakija, and urged the court to effect this.
Ogunkanmi read out a part of the advice dated
March 31 and recommending the discharge of the first, second and
third defendants as no case was preferred against them.
"The first to third defendants are hereby discharged
and the case is hereby struck out, " he said.
After reading out the DPP's advice, Ogunkanmi
pronounced the three defendants discharged and acquitted.
Mr. Kunle Odufayo, the counsel to Kasali, said that
there was nothing special about the case, adding that the DPP’s advice
equally confirmed his client’s position and innocence.
Odufayo said that with the outcome of the case, the
judiciary had further demonstrated that it remained the last hope of the common
He said that since the law did not allow for self help,
everyone had to ventilate his or her rights.
At the last adjourned date, the DPP had ordered the police
to conduct further investigations into the alleged murder charges leveled
against the three persons.
An advice dated Dec. 9, 2014, and signed by the Lagos State
DPP, Mrs Olabisi Ogungbesan, had compelled the police to conduct
thorough investigation into the matter.
The letter said that the evidence in the case file could not
sustain the charges leveled against the three accused persons.
It is reported that the men were alleged to have conspired
among themselves and with some others now at large to have shot and
killed one Musiliu Ogboye Lamidi on Nov. 9, 2014, at Akodo in
Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of the state during the collection of
Permanent Voters Cards.
They were also alleged to have been in possession of a pump
action Avar Magnum gun with registration No 6381, without appropriate
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections
211, 231, 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 and Section 27 (b)(1) of
the Fire Arm Act. Cap 28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2011.
The court did not take the plea of the accused persons,
although Magistrate Olatunbosun Abolarinwa, who was holding brief for
Ogunkanmi, granted them bail on self recognition.
The counsel to Kasali had urged the court to admit the
accused persons to bail due to their social status.
When the accused persons were charged before the court, the
then prosecutor, Mr Femi Adamson, a Senior State Counsel and now a
judge, had informed the court that the matter should be referred to the DPP
for legal advice.
Adamson also advised the court prosecutor to verify the
addresses of the accused persons.