…..Lament plight of innocent citizens remanded in Lagos Correctional centre for over Six (6) years on trumped-up charge.
A human rights organization, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has raised an alarm over spate of corrupt practices, abuse of office and misuse of power being carried out by law enforcement agents and judicial officers in Lagos State calling urgent intervention of the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice
In a statement issued and signed by the Executive Chairman of CHRSJ, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman and copies were made available to newsmen on Friday; they also urged relevant authorities to beam searchlights on these two institutions, exposing their tendency for engaging in corrupt practices and abuses of office which was putting several lives in jeopardy.
According to CHRSJ, the personnel working in these key institutions place premium on money by extorting accused persons in legal cases over and above the need to dispense justice, the major reason why they (the two institutions) were put in place.
The group specifically accused operatives and personnel working in the various courts in the state, security operatives in using the three correctional facilities located in Kirikiri, Ikoyi and Badagry to punish innocent residents unduly for their inability to yield to their monetary demands in the course of performing their statutory duties.
Those urged to checkmate the activities of these institutions include the National Judicial Council (NJC), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the Lagos State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Moyosore Jubril Onigbanjo, (SAN) and Lagos State Governor (Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu).
“We are very sad with the situation of things in Lagos judiciary presently, as we were recently lamented on the increapancies with poncarturious competitious narcornic narcunal and the prejudice activities of the officials and Chief Magistrate in the Samuel Ilori Court building, located at Ogba in the ikeja Magisterial District in the Case Suit (No:MISC/69/2021 & MIK/3997/2020), including the Apapa Magisterial District in the Suit (No:MCA/008/17) holden at Court(2), before Hon. Mrs.O.M. Ajayi, likewise in the Case Suit (No: MISC/MCA/182/2012) in the Ojo Magisterial District holden at Court (No.6), Mobil Road, Apapa, before Magistrate A.K.Shonubi(MRS)”C/M II”.
We are also sad with the situation of things in the law enforcement agencies, particularly, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and we are calling on the relevant authorities to step in and restore order in the interest of justice,” the statement reads in part.
The group cited the plights of three Lagos residents to buttress its anger and they have been remanded in Correctional Centre (Maximum Prison) since 2015 without trial, as the Lagos Judiciary and the Law Enforcement Agency did to One Mallam Ibrahim Akinpelu Adigun in the Purported case Suit (No:ID/399m/2005),
Mallam Akinpelu who spent complete Ten (10) Years in the same Correctional Centre, Kirikiri-Apapa, Lagos, without any offence being committed, before he was Discharged and Acquitted on Wednesday 22nd day of February, 2006, but his discharged document signed on 8th day of April, 2016 by the Deputy Controller of the Nigeria Correctional Centre (Prison) Lagos.
According to the group, trouble began for the trio of Adenekan Adedeji, Ojo Taiye and John Mahason, when the personnel of the NSCDC arrested them over frivolous allegation of gang raping a five year-old girl.
Lamenting the plights of unjust detainees, the group, which expressed reservations and anger said, “These men were arrested by the personnel of the NSCDC for the allegation on the 5th of November, 2015 and they were arraigned on Tuesday, 24th of November 2015.”
After spent the completed Nineteen(19) days in the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Cell, located at NSCDC State Commandant’s Office, Plot (1), Block (B), Awolowo Way, Ikeja Business District, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, due to the incapacitated of the detainees family members to avoid the sum of Three Hundred and Forty thousand Naira(#340,000) requested by NSCDC Officers like Mr. Bayo with Phone Number:-(+234 8034132139),Mrs. Bucky (+234 8060175018), Mr. Andu(+234 8066365603) and one Mr. Rabiu Solomon (DCC) from each suspect.
It stated that they were charged before a Magistrate Court, in Ikeja Magisterial District, Holden at family Court (2) and presided over by Mrs. B.O.Osunsanmi (CM.l) in SUIT No.CR/MISC/B/32/2015 over the allegation of rape by the operatives of the NSCDC, adding that Magistrate Osunsanmi who ordered their remanded at the Kirikiri Correctional Centre, also urged the NSCDC to obtain a legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
Sulaiman however said that the case file of one Peter Arabo who is believed to have committed the offence was said to have been forwarded to the DPP and not those of the people that were charged.
“The proposed charge sheet dated, 30th of November, 2015 was forwarded to the DPP and it was signed by the lawyers of the NSCDC, Okandeji Erute (Ms) and Owomunigbon Halima (Mrs.), they were legal Officer working with the NSCDC,adding that response came from the DPP’s office the same day vide a letter with reference number LJP/MISC/R/2015/156/14 signed by one Olubunmi V. Fagbayi (Mrs.) who then was an Assistant Director in the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for the then Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General.
CHRSJ stated that the advice that was given by the office of the DPP was that all of them including Arabo have case to answer and their case was referred to Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of the Court 34 in Ikeja Division on the 12th of January, 2016.
The group further stated that Lawal-Akapo rejected the case file when he discovered that both the charge sheet and DPP’s advise were issued on the same date, saying the group (CHRSJ) had written a petition on the case to the Lagos State Governor and the then Commissioner for justice as well as the Chief Judge of the state on 14th December, 2015.
“We later discovered during our investigations that the Accountant of the Company where all of them were working, Mr. Segun(+234 8074538021) and one Mr. M.Shobanke(+234 8033821306) was having an unholy working relationship with one Mr. Jide Martins who was an Assistant Director in the DPP.
“We have also discovered that he was the motivating factor behind the issuance of the DPP advice issued by Olubunmi Fagbayi against those three innocent Lagossians. This is so because Segun and Sobanke, and those persons in detention had some issues within themselves over short payment of their salaries and entitlements in Kazmus Nig. Enterprises, located at 99 D & E, Odetunde Street, Fagba, Iju, Lagos.
Segun, Sobanke and Martins later moved the case file in the second day, 12th day of January, 2016 that Justice Lawal-Akapo rejected it (i.e. 13th Day of January, 2016) to the Court of Justice Kudirat Abike Jose of Court 37 in the Ikeja Judicial Division.
Meanwhile, on Monday 11th Day of January, 2016 at around 12:07pm one Mr. Adesola Akeem from the Legislative Directorate Department at office room (10) in the Lagos State House of Assembly called us through this Phone Number (+234 8037213609) with the invitation Letters Dated on 11th January and 8th February, 2016, signed by W.A. Bisiriyu for the Clerk of the house with reference Nos:(LSHA/LM/C/O1/14 & LSHA/LM/C/01/16) for a Meeting with Assembly Members on a CHRSJ Petition Dated on 14th day of December, 2015 on the subject matter.
The meeting was Chairman by the Honourable Funmilayo Tejuosho as the then House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petition and LASIEC Matters including Honourable Olayiwola Olawale (Knows as Omititi), the House Committee Chairman on Home Affairs acted as the Secretary General to the meeting on Thursday 14th day of January & 11th day of February, 2016 at the conference Room, Members Wing 4th & 5th Floor, Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja by 2.00pm & 3.00pm with another Seven(7) Honourable Members in attendance.
Again on 28th Day of January, 2016 in the office of Directorate for Citizens’ Rights, located at the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Block (2), Alausa, Ikeja through the another invitation Letter Signed by C.O.Ibirogba(Mrs.) as Director, Directorate for Citizens’ Rights on behalf of Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice with reference (No:LJ/CR/l/62/415/IV/70), dated on 18th January,2016.
The Series of the meeting by CHRSJ and the family members of the detainees with State Government were not going well with NSCDC officials and other perpetrators of the evil in this matter of public interest, including pathological liar and father of so-called Victim lady (Mr. Ayodele Ekundayo), who were worked together in the same company with the said Accountant (Segun) and those illegally arrested for trump-up charge.
They (Bayo, Segun, Bucky, Ayodele Ekundayo, Andu, jide Martins, Shobamke, Olubunmi Fagbayi and Rabiu Solomon) quickly made an arrangement to arranged Doctor from the Mirabel Centre under Lagos State Teaching Hospital in other to perfect their crime against the innocents citizens, which the perpetrators forget the last day of all the living souls and Judgment day in the front of Creator, the Alpha and Omega, the most Powerful Creator of the living and Non-living things.
As now, all of them ran away since then and they were not appear in the court as a witness to their illegal accusation, a case that they can never substantiate or corroborate in anywhere, even among the layman, not to talk of competent Court of Law, except, before the corrupt and questionable Judge against the innocents citizens.
Meanwhile, as we are filling this news story and online Petition, they are nowhere to be found up till today, even as we are still be onlooker on the next day of Court adjournment on Tuesday 20th day of April, 2021 at the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja Judicial Division, before the same Justice NWAKA of the “SPECIAL OFFENCES COURT”, Ikeja, in the CASE File of OJO TAIYE & ORS v. ATTORNEY GENERAL of Lagos State with (SUIT No: ID/721MB/2015 & SUITE No: ID/2439C/2016) in order to come to defend their concocted case against the innocent detainees at the Kirikiri maximum prison Yard since 2015.
The CHRSJ, House of Assembly Committee Members and Lagos State Directorate for Citizens’ Rights action were led to the serious pleaded of NSCDC Senior Counsel through this Phone Number (+234 8062357806) to beg for pardon for their agency and its officials,saying what their officers did was Contrary to section(98,99,494) of the criminal code, see also section(172,209) and(5th) schedule, part(1), section(6 & 8), including section (33,34,35 & 36) of the”FRN”(1999) Constitution as Amended.
The victims were granted bail with the reasonable sureties by the Hon. Justice .K.A.Jose(MRS) on Monday, the 22nd Day of February, 2016.
The bail that was pronounced and granted to those innocents was not pleased and went well with Mr. Jide Martins, Mrs. Olubunmi Fagbayi of the Lagos State(DPP) office and their friends in the NSCDC (Bayo, Andu, Bucky and Rabiu Solomon),including the former Company Accountants (Mr. Segun and Shobanke).
An undemocratic, unconstitutional and illegal arrangements was quickly made with the present Presiding Judge, the Justice Nwaka of the Lagos State high Court and Justice Nwaka always victimized and deprived the innocent detainees with the different style of the violation of their fundamental rights, upon the Victims family members produced, the different Eight(8) qualified sureties, even till Monday 1st Day of March, 2021,the innocent victims were sent back to Kirikiri Correctional Centre at Apapa by Justice NWAKA without any cogent reason than acting on the script of Bayo, Jide Martins, Andu, Ayodele Ekundayo, Bucky, Rabiu Solomon, Segun, Shobanke and Olubunmi Fagbayi.’
“CHRSJ, as an ‘Amicus Curea’, condemned the travesty of justice and favouritism, which characterize in the Justice Nwaka’s court in this case and any other to be dismantle without any delay, “Fiat justitiae Ruat Column” and Justice Nwaka will never be forgotten like Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu (CJ), in the Case of her half-brother (Mr.Olupelumi Fagboyegun) in Ondo State, for her compromised and questionable behaviour contravening the law of equity”, the group concluded.
Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman,
Executive Chairman, CHRSJ
+234 8038591504 / +234 8022697573.
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