A lawyer, Tomilola Taiwo, has asked the Lagos State Attorney-General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice to review a Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) advice dropping armed robbery and attempted murder allegations against a property developer, Felix Ezeamama.
Ezeamama was remanded by Mrs Abimbola Komolafe of a Lagos Chief Magistrates’ Court last May 30, pending the DPP’s advice.
This was after an application by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Panti, which accused him of armed robbery, attempted murder and unlawfully damaging a bungalow at 41, Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
But when the matter came up on July 4, Chief Magistrate Komolafe reviewed the DPP’s advice and struck out the charge.
The advice, the court noted, stated that the facts of the case better supported a charge of illegal demolition of property, assault and stealing.
The DPP report also queried why the complainant, Alhaja Halima Abubakar, still inhabited a federal government building four years after her retirement.
Chief Magistrate Komolafe observed that since the High Court had already assumed jurisdiction over the case, the Magistrate Court could not go ahead with the case.
But, Taiwo, in his petition, said police investigation showed that the complainant was lawfully allocated Flats A and B of ‘Block A bungalow’ at 41, Alfred Rewane Road and had been living there before and after her retirement as a principal accountant.
He said the police report stated that the defendant with others now at large invaded Abubakar’s property and demolished it.
In the process, the defendant allegedly attempted to kill Abubakar, her 91-year-old mother and also carted away £7000, $5000 and N5million as well as some jewellery.
He urged the AG to review the facts and ensure that the perpetrators “of the heinous crime face the full wrath of the law.”
Taiwo said: “We strongly disagree with the charge brought against the defendant as we believe there is enough evidence to warrant the addition of the charge of conspiracy and attempted murder.
“Our client and her household have been severely traumatised by the savage attack and fear for their lives and endangered property.”
He said Abubakar and her mother had to undergo knee surgery following the injuries they sustained during the alleged attack.
The complainant, Alhaja Abubakar, according to Taiwo, said: “Where is the justice in this matter? I could have lost my life and that of my 91-year-old mother during the attack and yet the Justice Ministry ignored all the facts provided by the police in its investigation.”
The letter urged the AG “to cause an urgent review into the attack and bring perpetrators of the heinous act to justice.”
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