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Court frees Oyo Chief of Staff, Ilaka, of murder charge

Court frees Oyo Chief of Staff, Ilaka, of murder charge

An Oyo State High Court, on Monday, discharged and acquitted the Chief of Staff to the state governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka, of a murder charge preferred against him in a case instituted by the state government in 2018.

Delivering judgment in the suit brought before him at the Oyo Division of the High Court, Justice K.B Olawoyin agreed with the no-case submission of Ilaka’s counsel, Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, and freed Ilaka of all the eight-count charge brought against him

Justice Olawoyin also ordered the police to return to Ilaka, his licensed pump-action firearm and other materials taken from him before the commencement of the trial.

Abdu-Raheem had, in his no-case submission in the suit number HOY/12C/22018, argued that the quality of evidence tendered and the testimonies of the five prosecution witnesses called during the trial did not establish a prima facie case against Ilaka.

Abiodun had asked the court to consequently determine whether the evidence led by the prosecution linked his client to “all the ingredients of the offences alleged and whether the quality of evidence adduced is such that a court can safely convict on.”

Ilaka, alongside with his security attaché, Temitayo Alamiyo, was docked over a pandemonium that broke out at the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, during Orayan festival on September 8, 2018, leading to the death of three persons.

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