Court goes tough over Adedibu aide’s case

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BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN—OYO State High Court is considering ordering warrant of arrest of Mojeed Alabi, one of the former Personal Assistants  to late Chief Lamidi Adedibu, and two other persons if the state police command fail to produce them for prosecution over August 2006 attacks on the premises of Pelly Foam Limited, Ibadan.

Justice Peter Ige, the trial judge said late Adedibu’s aide, Pastor Peter Asha and Sola Oyin-Adejobi, have been recommended for prosecution by the Director for Public Prosecution of the Oyo State Ministry of Justice over their alleged involvement in the said attack allegedly masterminded by the late politician and the late factional leader of the state branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers,NRTW, Mr. Lateef Salako.

The three suspects were charged with a four count charge of conspiracy, attempted murder, armed robbery, and damages to some furniture items, and cars by the State Ministry of Justice.

The vandalized property belonged to one Dapo Davies, the Chief Executive Officer of Pelly Foam Limited who then filed a suit against the suspects in the case.

The Deputy-Director of Public Prosecution from the ministry, L.A Ganiyu, who brought a holden charge against the suspects yesterday, told the court that he was surprised that police did not bring accused to court for prosecution despite the fact that necessary documents had been properly served on the police command.

The presiding Judge, Ige, said he thought that the accused were already in the custody of the state police command.

“If the police failed to produce them at the next sitting of the court”, he said he may issue a warrant of arrest against the accused, if they failed to show up for the next adjournment.

Justice Ige, adjourned the case to November 18, 2011 for mention, telling the prosecutor to take all the necessary measures before the next adjournment.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Moses Onireti, denied knowledge of any advice from the state ministry of justice, saying he was not aware of the case because he was not in the state in 2006 when the alleged attacks occurred.

He said the Assistant Commissioner in charge of the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) should be contacted for necessary information on the matter.

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