The judge ruled Fatai Adeniji was innocent.
After spending three years in prison, a robbery suspect, Fatai Adeniji, was on Wednesday discharged and acquitted by an Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta.
The 32-year-old man was arrested by police officers in Abeokuta, Ogun State, for allegedly robbing one Taiwo Ogunjide of her gold jewellery, valued at N20,000, and two ATM cards, on September 16, 2011 at Okelantoro, Abeokuta.
Mr. Adeniji was subsequently arraigned in court and, thereafter, remanded in prison before he finally regained freedom on Wednesday on the order of the Judge, Olanrewaju Majekodunmi.
Mr. Majekodunmi ruled that though there was proof of armed robbery, it could not be established that the defendant was involved in the robbery operation.
“The information in proof of the evidence shows that there was armed robbery. What is to be focused and proven is whether the defendant
before the court was among the gang that carried out the robbery. The issue to also consider is whether there is an identification linked to
the defendants,” the judge stated.
“According to the report, Taiwo, the victim of the robbery never identified the defendant as part of the robbery gang which makes his
statement to the Police not sufficient.
“Furthermore, the accused was not arrested at the scene of the crime, the prosecution could not prove the identification of the defendant.
The court cannot accept the Police Officer’s mere say, given by Mrs. Taiwo. The defendant has said he has never met Mrs. Taiwo before,” the judge stressed.
“He also added that the statement was not written by him, that the Police only asked of his name, address and occupation. The prosecution has not proved that the police caught the real culprit, the defendant is hereby acquitted and discharged,” Mr. Majekodunmi ruled.
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