Missing case file stalls popular Ibadan robbery case

The robbery case has been in court since February 10, 2011.

The case of a 27-year-old,Taiwo Bolaji, standing trial since February 10, 2011, over alleged armed robbery was unable to continue on Wednesday in an Ibadan, Oyo State Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The case could not proceed as the prosecutor, Aliu Samad, told the court that the case file was missing.

Mr. Samad said the Investigating Police Officer in charge of the case had told him that the case file had been duplicated and forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for legal advice.

He said that he had gone to the DPP’s office personally to confirm whether the IPO had duplicated the case file and was informed that the file had not been duplicated.

The prosecutor further said that the IPO did not even know where the file was and promised to table the matter before the Divisional Police Officer concerned.

Although the defendant pleaded for the court’s intervention, Chief Magistrate Olaide Amzat said his court has no jurisdiction to strike out the matter.

Mr. Amzat, however, advised the defendant to get a counsel who could assist him to table his matter before the State High Court. He ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison.

The prosecutor had told the court that the defendant and others at large attempted to rob one Tunde Olaniyan of his Bajaj motorcycle while armed with axes and sticks.

He said the incident happened on November 8, 2011 at Elewure area of Ibadan.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap RII Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Mr. Amzat adjourned the case to June 6.


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