By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—SEVEN persons standing trial over the murder of late former state chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Chief Omolafe Aderiye were discharged and acquitted yesterday by an Ado-Ekiti High Court.
The defendants, who have been standing trial for over three years, are Adebayo Aderiye, Adeniyi Adedipe, Sola Durodola, Kayode Ajayi, Oso Farotimi, Sola Adenijo and Rotimi Olanbiwonnu. They are members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State.
Wild jubilation greeted the judgment, as friends and family members of the defendants, who stormed the court in solidarity with their loved ones, went into a frenzy as soon as the judgment was pronounced, disrupting the serene atmosphere in the court premises.
Aderiye, a close ally of Governor Ayo Fayose, was killed at the premises of his business outfit in Ijigbo area of Ado-Ekiti on September 24, 2014.
The case commenced in November 2014.
The trial judge, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, hinged his decision on the failure of the prosecution to prove the complicity of the accused persons in the murder of Aderiye.
The Judge held that the prosecution failed to prove the count of conspiracy to kill the late Aderiye and the count of murder against all the seven defendants.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State and the National Deputy Chairman of the party, Chief Segun Oni have hailed the judiciary for living to the expectations of Ekiti people in ensuring justice in the murder trial of APC members, whom according to the party were allegedly framed up by the administration of Governor Ayodele Fayose over the murder of Aderiye.