Idumota NURTW Crisis: Lagos To Try Kunle Poly For Accessory To Murder

The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has recommended the prosecution of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos Island Branch B Chairman, Azeez Lawal, popularly known as Kunle Poly, in connection with an alleged murder case.

The DPP also recommended the transfer of the case from the Magistrate Court to the Lagos State High Court, which has jurisdiction over the offence.

NURTW chieftain is to face trial for alleged accessory after the fact to murder while his co-defendant Adekanbi Wahab, popularly known as Sego, will face trial for being a member of an unlawful society.

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A Lagos State Chief Magistrate’s Court in Yaba disclosed the recommendations on Monday at the resumed hearing of the case.

Chief Magistrate Linda Balogun stated that the DPP’s advice has established a prima facie case against the two defendants.

She also stated that the DPP advised that three other defendants, whose names were mentioned in the advice, though they were charged separately from the two defendants, should be discharged.

She then transferred the case to the high court.

Kunle Poly and Wahab were on January 27, remanded for 30 days on a temporary charge of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, and membership of an unlawful society.

The Magistrate renewed the order on February 28, following an application by a police prosecutor from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Morufu Animashaun.

A lawyer from the DPP office, Risikatu Saliu had earlier informed the court that the legal advice was ready and in the court’s file.

Following an application by the defence counsel, Adeshina Ogunlana, who told the court that the defendants had been in custody for 78 days, the Chief Magistrate Balogun granted the defendants bail in the sum of N1 million each.

She also ordered that the defendants should produce two sureties each as part of the bail condition.

The court further directed that one of the sureties must be a traditional ruler or religious leader and that both sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

The Magistrate held that a self-employed person should not stand as the surety and that any civil servant wishing to stand as the surety must get a letter from the Head of Service of Lagos State.

She then adjourned the matter to May 11 for a report on the filing of the case at the high court.

17th April 2024
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