Court discharges and acquits man of murder in Ekiti
A 34-year-old man Olotu Oluwafemi has been discharged and acquitted by a Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, after being arraigned before a court on one-count charge of murder.
Olotu Oluwafemi, on September 30, 2019, at Iyin Ekiti, was alleged to have murdered one Abigail contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
To prove his case, the prosecutor, Taiwo Ariyo, called two witnesses and tendered statements of the defendant and a cutlass as exhibits.
The court was addressed on a no-case submission in favour of the defendant, through his counsel.
Ruling on the case, Justice Bamidele Omotoso said there is no legally admissible evidence linking the defendant with the alleged offence he had been charged. He said;
“I am satisfied that there is no legally admissible evidence linking the defendant with the commission of the alleged offence with which he had been charged, which would necessitate his being called upon for his defence, no reasonable court or tribunal can act on it as establishing the criminal guilt of the defendant in the instant case.
“In conclusion, I uphold the no case submission of learned counsel for the defendant, Kayode Oyeyemi Esq. The defendant is accordingly discharged and acquitted.’’