Stories by Kayode Adeoti
The trial of a three bandit gang, Opeyemi Esan, Benjamin Musa, and Olusegun Omoyajowo before Justice Halimat Salman of the Kwara State High Court, over an alleged attack on Professor Abdullahi Onimisi of University of Ilorin, has been adjourned on Monday to February 27, 2017.
The accused were dragged to court on a 3-count charge of Criminal Conspiracy, Armed Robbery and Culpable Homicide.
The offences, according to the Charge Sheet were in contravention to the sections 97 of the Penal Code Law, section 2(1) of the Armed Robbery and Firearms Act 2004 and section 229 of the Penal Code Law.
At the last adjourned date, the first accused testified and close his case, but the 2nd and 3nd accused couldn’t enter their defense based on health ground.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, the 2nd and 3rd accused gave their defence and they were cross-examined by the prosecuting team led by the Kwara state Attorney-General and the Commissioner for Justice, Kamaldeen Ajibade.
But, in the ruling of Justice Salman, he adjourned the trial to 27th for adoption of written argument in respect to all the parties involved in the case.
Recalled that this medium had exclusively reported that the leader of the gang had confessed that he did go to the house of the complainant, Professor Abdullahi Onimisi, at Unilorin staff quarters after he was sacked by the Professor, who happened to be his employer but denied robbing or attacking neither the complainant nor any of his family members.
The Charge Sheet read that the first accused person, Opeyemi Esan, in company of the other two accused persons, Benjamin Musa and Olusegun Omoyajiwo on September 10 invaded the residential quarters of Professor Abdullahi Onimisi, (complainant) at Unilorin staff quarters, attacked the (complainant) and two of his sons, and wife, Tijani Abdullahi, Abdulmumin Abdullahi, and Mrs Salamatu Abdullahi.
“And in the attack the (complainant) was inflicted with matchet cuts on the head and hand…”
The Police report added that the culprits in the attack carted away one Toyota Camry Muzzle with Lagos registration no. BQ 876 AKD valued at N5m, jewelleries valued at N185,000, one LG flat screen television valued at N60, 000, two mobile phones valued at N68,000 and a cash sum of N20,000.