15 August 2018

Nigeria: Murder - Court Releases Lagos PDP Chairman From Kirikiri Prison

Lagos — A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, yesterday, released the embattled Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, Mr. Moshood Salvador, accused of murder, from prison custody.

The PDP Chairman was set free after being incarcerated alongside 10 others over the alleged murder of the party's local government Chairman in Apapa Local Government Area of the state, Adeniyi Aborishade.

Other suspects include Kehinde Fasasi, Rotimi Kujore, Fatai Adele, Ismaila Abiola, Amos Fawole, Victoria Falowo, Mukaila Odukoya, Oropo Isaac, Mohammed Babangida and Ugochukwu Nwoke.

Aborishade was murdered on July 21 during a PDP's visitation meeting held at Igbosuku village, Eti-Osa Local Government Area.

It was gathered that a Yaba Magistrate Court, Lagos had given a remand order against the suspects shortly after they were all arraigned by the police on a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful killing.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Oyetade Komolafe issued the remand order and thereafter adjourned the matter till August 27 for DPP advice.

Meanwhile, a vacation judge, Justice Obafemi Adamson, granted freedom to Salvador following the legal advice from the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP.

In a short ruling, the judge said: "In view of the advice from the office of the DPP, which exonerated the applicant from a murder charge, Mr. Moshood should be released from prison custody forthwith."

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