SIXTEEN persons have been docked before an Akure Chief Magistrate Court; in Ondo state over the murder a United States of America (USA) based business man Banji Adafi who was assasinated in his house.
The suspects were arraigned before the court for armed robbery and murder contrary to the laws of the federation.
But a twist was introduced to the matter when the Police Prosecutor, Martins Olowofeso asked the Court to release five of the suspects for fresh investigation following new findings by them.
The Prosecutor said sequel to the petition from the family of the victim, Banji Adafi , alleging foul play in his death they requested for further investigation and the Police would want the case to be reinvestigated.
The lawyer from the office of the DPP, Mr A Bamisile opposed the application on the premise that the Police ought to have come with written application instead of the oral application moved by the prosecutor.
However, pleas of the accused persons were not taken as the court ordered the case file to be duplicated and sent to Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
The suspects were accused of conspiracy “to commit felony to wit: armed robbery and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 6 (b) of the Robbery and firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11, Vol. 14, law of the federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
They were alleged to have murdered “one Banji Adafi and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the criminal code, Cap 37, Vol.1, laws of Ondo state of Nigeria, 2006”.
Consequently, the trial Magistrate Gbenle Awodeyi in his ruling ordered the release of five suspects facing murder trial to the police for fresh investigation and thereafter fixed September 14 for further hearing of the case.