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ACU Student Murder: Court Discharges 12 Students, 13 To Face Trial.

02 July

Reported by Ayooluwa Afolabi

The Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has discharged 12 out of the 25 students of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State, who were facing charges of alleged murder.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the 25 students were arraigned on June 5 on charges of conspiracy, murder, and negligence.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi, initially remanded all 25 students in a correctional facility in Ibadan pending the outcome of legal advice. However, she subsequently discharged 12 of them.

As reported by GreenBarge Reporters, the 12 students discharged on Monday are Kehinde Martins, Samuel Okorie, Mustapha Khalid, Yusuf Adeniran, Joseph Areoye, Iyanuoluwa Oyelakin, Obaloluwa Olalekan, Emmanuel Adejumobi, John Daudu, Moses Abiola, Hammad Tijani, and David Kolawole.

The Magistrate held that the legal advice indicated that the 12 students should not be charged with any offence as there was no evidence linking any of them with the offences alleged to have been committed.

One of the 25 defendants, a security guard at the university, Femi Oladoye, earlier charged with negligence of duty, was granted bail in the sum of N250,000, with two sureties in like sum.

Ogunkanmi, after that, adjourned the case to July 8 for mention.

Earlier, Prosecutor CSP Funke Fawole informed the court that the defendants allegedly committed the offence on May 24 around 9 p.m. at the university. 

Fawole stated that the defendants unlawfully caused the death of one Jefry Akro, a 22-year-old student, by beating him with planks and electrical wire. 

She said that Oladoye, as a security guard, allegedly failed to prevent the aggrieved students from beating Akro to death.

She said that the offences contravened Sections 516, 515, and 324 of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000


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