Alleged Murder: You Have Case To Answer; DPP Tells Kunle-Poly

The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has recommended the prosecution of a National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) chieftain, Azeez Lawal (a.k.a. Kunle-Poly), in connection with an alleged murder case.

Chief Magistrate Linda Balogun sitting in Yaba, revealed the DPP advice stated that Kunle Poly and his accomplices would be tried at the State High Court for alleged murder.

His accomplices, Adekanbi Wahab, are recommended to face trial for being a member of an unlawful society.

Chief Magistrate Balogun added that the DPP advised that three other defendants, whose names were mentioned in the advice, though they were charged separately from the two defendants, should be discharged.

Subsequently, she ordered that the case should be transferred to the High Court for further trial.

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Kunle Poly who is the NURTW’s Lagos Island Branch B Chairman and Wahab were on January 27, remanded for 30 days on a temporary charge of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, and membership of an unlawful society.

The Magistrate renewed the order on February 28, following an application by the prosecutor of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Alagbon, Mr Morufu Animashaun.

At the commencement of proceedings, a lawyer from the DPP, Mrs O. R. Saliu, told the court that the legal advice was ready and in the court’s file.

Following an application by counsel to both defendants, Mr Adeshina Okulana, who told the court that the defendants had been in custody for 78 days, the chief magistrate granted each defendant bail in the sum of an N1million each.

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The Magistrate also ordered that the defendants should produce two sureties each as part of the bail condition.

She held that one of the sureties must be a traditional ruler or religious leader, adding that both sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

She held that a self-employed person would not stand as the surety, adding that any civil servant wishing to stand as the surety must get a letter from the Head of Service of Lagos State.

She adjourned till May 11 for a report on the filing of the case at a High Court.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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