- Ekiti state withdrew murder charges against chairman of APC in the state
- Olajide Awe had fled after the Fayose's administration accused him of murder
- The judge has discharged and acquitted him following the new development
The Ekiti state government has withdrawn the murder charges brought against the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Olajide Awe. The charges were withdrawn on Wednesday, April 11.
The Nation reports that the APC chairman as well as Sola Adenijo and Sefiu Owonifari were accused of being responsible for the death of Juliana Adewumi and Mr. Murphy Jeje on March 30, 2013 in Erijiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti West local government area.
Governor Ayodele Fayose's administration had filed charges against Awe forcing him to flee from the state.
Kolapo Kolade who is he commissioner for justice in the state withdrew the charges when the case resumed and Justice Dele Omotoso discharged and acquitted the accused.
Kolade said: “What happened in court today is far beyond politics, the governor in his usual characteristic manner of promoting peace and brotherliness in all communities in Ekiti and across party lines has intervened.
“In this matter, so many good people across Nigeria, even the defendants in this matter, has appealed to His Excellency to intervene in this matter, particularly in Erijiyan. More so as the defendants and complainant are of same family, the complainants has given the go-ahead and said the matter should be withdrawn.
“This development equally supports the cause of justice. One of the cardinal principles of justice is promotion of peace.
“The major beneficiary is Chief Jide Awe, the APC chairman in Ekiti State. He, alongside his aide and other party members were alleged to have murdered late Madam Juliana Adewumi, mother of the Deputy Speaker, Ekiti State and Murphy Jeje, a member of the PDP 2013.The complainant is the Deputy Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly."
The defence counsel, Ibrahim Olanrewaju, on his part said: “reason seems to have prevailed today; the Attorney General himself came to court to withdraw the charge. And by the provision of our law, the court was left with no option, than to discharge and acquit the defendants. This simply means that this charge can’t be filled in any court again.
“Like you all know the genesis of the case. We are not saying that somebody was not killed or murdered, but we all know that it is more of political fight than looking for justice.
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“Taking from the words of the Attorney General himself, he said that they are trying to allow peace to reign in the community and to promote good neighborliness and we support it.
“We salute the state for doing this, we salute the courage of the Attorney General for the bold step and we salute the courage of our lord Justice Omotoso for discharging and also acquitting the defendants. He could have just discharge without acquitting them."
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) warned candidates contesting the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state against inducing voters with cash.
The Cable reports that Mahmood Yakubu, who is the chairman of the commission, gave the warning at a stakeholders’ meeting in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on Monday, April 9.
NAIJ.com gathered that he said the commission was working with law enforcement agents to prevent vote buying during the poll.
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