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2 robbery suspects freed after 7 years, waiting for justice  print

Published on January 22, 2013 by   ·   3 Comments

JETHRO IBILEKE/Benin

Two suspected armed robbers, Micheal Igbinosun and Esther Iyekekpolor, held in prison custody for seven years while awaiting trial were Tuesday discharged by a Benin High Court.

It was gathered that the suspects were arrested and charged with armed robbery, but the inability of the Nigeria Police Force to prosecute the them ensured that they were left to rot in prison custody for the past seven years.

According to available Court records, the suspects were arrested in April 2005 and arraigned in Court in 2006 and since then have been in prison custody until now.

When their case was eventually mentioned for hearing on Tuesday, their Counsel, Barr. Eddy Inenevwo of the Legal Aids Council, urged the Court to strike out the case for lack of diligent prosecution by the Police.

Barr. Inenevwo who argued that since their first arraignment in 2006, the police had failed to call any witness or even showed any interest in the case, added that holding the suspects in custody continuously therefore was a travesty of justice.

In his judgment, Justice Oyomire said he was in total agreement with the view of the defence Counsel. He thereafter discharged the suspects.

The suspects, Michael and Esther who were too weak and sick to respond to questions, were later taken away by their relatives.

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3 Comments for “2 robbery suspects freed after 7 years, waiting for justice”

  1. amico

    Believe God has a mission for you people, better change so that or else there wouldn’t be 3rd chance. May God help you, Amen

  2. MALLAM SHEHU

    OH!! THE NOTORIOUS NIGERIA POLICE, I BET YOU THAT THESE TWO PEOPLE WERE INNOCENT, THEY PROBABLY WERE PICKED UP BY THE POLICE IN AN ATTEMPT TO EXTORT MONEY FROM THEM AND WHEN THESE POOR PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE MONEY TO BRIBE, THEY CHARGE THEM TO COURT. OBVIOUSLY THERE WAS NO WITNESS NOR EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE NEVER INVOLVED IN ANY ARMED ROBBERY. THERE ARE MANY MANY CASES WITH THE POLICE LIKE THIS.
    MAY ALLAH SAVE US FROM THE MOST CORRUPTED POLICE IN THE WORLD – NIGERIA POLICE.

  3. COLLINS

    POLICE, POLICE POLICE, THEY CAN NEVER BE SERIOUS.

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