One of many 5 individuals standing trial for final 12 months’s financial institution robberies in Offa, Kwara State, Ayoade Akinnibosun, on Friday informed an Ilorin Excessive Court docket that the police intentionally killed Michael Adikwu, a principal suspect and the mastermind behind the robberies, which claimed many lives. Testifying earlier than the courtroom in a “trial within trial”, Ayoade additionally narrated how the police requested him to implicate the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, within the theft incidents.
Akinnibosun and two different accused, Ibikunle Ogunleye and Adeola Abraham, alleged that they made their statements below duress.
Answering questions throughout cross-examination by the defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe, Ayoade, who’s the primary accused within the case, claimed Adikwu, who was the mastermind of the robberies, was shot lifeless by one Inspector Vincent hooked up to the police Intelligence Response Group.
Whereas being examined and cross-examined by their
counsel, Emeribe, and the prosecution counsel, Razaq Gold, they alleged that they have been tortured and threatened by the police to make their confessional statements.
The prosecution witness, Inspector Hitila Hassan, on Thursday informed the courtroom that the suspects voluntarily made their statements below his supervision.
Lead prosecuting counsel, Prof Wahab Egbewole, sought to tender the statements as displays however Emeribe objected.
Emeribe argued that the accused didn’t volunteer their statements which the prosecution wished to tender earlier than the courtroom, noting that they fell in need of the provisions of the Proof Act, significantly sections 28 and 29.
On the resumed listening to on Friday, Akinnibosun stated, “Abba Kyari informed me to say that the Senate President Bukola Saraki gave me the weapons we used for the operations. However I declined.
“He (Abba Kyari) promised that they would reward me handsomely and set me free if I could indict Saraki. When I disagreed, they asked some policemen to take me back to the cell. During this time, my hands were tied to my legs.”
The suspect stated he was the chief of Kwara South Liberation Motion mobilising younger jobless graduates for the consultant of Kwara South on the Senate, Dr Rafiu Ibrahim.
The trio additionally claimed Inspector Vincent shot lifeless 5 Fulani males after they have been saved on the IRT ‘theatre room’.
They added that it was in the identical ‘theatre room that Inspector Vincent, popularly identified as Mr Torture, allegedly shot lifeless Adikwu for failing to indict them.
Ogunleye stated “they brought the late Adikwu to implicate us and he said he had not met any of us in his life – that was why Mr Torture shot him to death.”
The trial Decide, Justice Halimat Salman, adjourned the case until March 25, 2019 for the continuation of trial inside trial.
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