A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has adjourned until January 18, 2019, the case of the five suspects who allegedly took part in the Offa bank robberies. The adjournment was for definite hearing as the prosecution failed to bring its witnesses to court on Monday.
The five accused are Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.
The prosecution charged them with five counts of conspiracy, armed robbery, murder, culpable homicide and illegal possession of fire arms.
When the case, which was slated for definite hearing on Monday, came up, Mr Jimoh Mumini, Kwara State Director of Public Prosecutions, said the police who investigated the case could not bring their witnesses from the Force Headquarters in Abuja to court.
The DPP said, “All the witnesses in the robbery case are policemen who investigated the case and they are all from the Police Headquarters in Abuja. No witness was taken from Offa where the robbery took place and none from Kwara State.”
Mumini said all efforts to make the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, David Igodo, who is in charge of police investigation and Mr Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police who led the investigation team to Kwara State to produce the witnesses in court did not yield any result.
The DPP said, “On the 10th of December, 2018, I wrote a letter to the AIG, Mr Igodo which I copied to this honorable court to make available all the witnesses in this case in court today. I followed it up with phone calls on January 2, 4 and 6, 2019. It was at about 8.07pm yesterday (Sunday) that Abba Kyari told me the witnesses will leave Abuja for Ilorin this morning. I told him the court would sit at 9am. The AIG then told me to beg the court for a short adjournment.”