BreakingNews 30/1/16 - Four Nigerian Teenagers Detained 19 Months Without Trial

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Four teenagers and three others are languishing in the detention of the Ogun State Police, Ota Divisional Headquarters for over a year without trial on the order of an Ota Magistrate Court. The Federal Public Complaint Commission made this revelation in a petition to the Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, during a courtesy call on the latter.


According to the petition, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, the young chaps were detained since July 19, 2014 because the court was yet to receive the advice from the Director of Public Prosecution. The detainees, according to the document, included Sunday Wasiu, 16; Azeez Alabi, 18; Segun Abayomi, 19 and Rasaki Abdulazeez; Sulaimon Bankole, 20; Ifadele Osuolale and Rilwan Sodiq, 23.


The Federal Commissioner in charge of the commission in Ogun State, Oluyemisi Dawodu who submitted the petition on behalf of the accused person said the young lads were still in detention without any concrete move. The petition says the police released four out of the 11 accused persons on bail while the remaining seven whose parents could not afford the bail conditions of the police were subsequently charged to court.


The commission, therefore, sought the intervention of the chief Judge for speedy and hasten dispensation of justice on the accused persons who were ‘wrongly’ accused of armed robbery.


“When the Commission contacted the Magistrate Court at Ota, it was discovered that their files have been transferred to the Department of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Abeokuta with charge number MGT/763c/2014.


“In the course of further investigation on this matter, we met with the Director of DPP who informed us that they were working on their files and the advice would soon be rendered.


“Our first letter to the DPP was dated July 15, 2015 with reference No PCC/OG/AO/2015/425-431/9464-9470. We believe your intervention in the matter will hasten the administration of justice,” she said. Dawodu explained that the commission was established, among others to investigate complaints of injustice, oppression and victimisation. She explained that the agency had resolved 158 of the 196 cases it received since April 2015 when she assumed the headship of the commission, adding that it has helped to promote genuine peace and stability in the state.


“I should not fail to add that the commission should not be seen as being at variance with the law courts. Rather, it is serving.


“A complimentary role to the courts in that the weight of the large number of cases that should have gone to the court is greatly diminished due to the existence of the commission,” she said. Olopade lauded Dawodu for the good work and pledged the support of the Ministry for the commission recalling that her office received a petition from the commission last year, which was promptly treated.


Source: Nigerian Pilot


*Photo Caption - Nigerian policemen

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