Six months after the Offa bank robberies, the police have failed to arraign the 27 suspects arrested in connection with the incident in which 33 persons, including nine policemen, were shot dead.
The police had paraded about 15 suspects in Abuja in connection with the April 5, 2018 robbery attacks, with a promise to arraign them in court, but this had yet to be done.
The delayed prosecution one of the suspects, and Personal Assistant to the Kwara State Governor, Lekan Alabi, to challenge his continued detention at a Kwara State High Court in July.
The court, which was presided over by Justice Adebayo Yusuf, had on July 27, 2018 summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to appear before it in August to explain the reason behind the continued detention of Alabi.
Alabi had been in detention since May 28, over the bank robberies.
Alabi’s counsel, Mr. Adelodun Ibrahim (SAN), who led four other lawyers informed the court that the non-arraignment of Alabi was in contravention of the provisions of Order 4, Rules 3 and 4 of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules (2009) as well as Sections 34, 35, 36, 37, 41 And 46 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Read more