Nine out of the 10 bigwigs of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charged with murder of one of their party men have been released by the Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court.
They were discharged on Friday after arraigned for alleged murder of the Apapa local government PDP chairman, Mr. Adeniyi Aborisade.
But one of the party men, Mr Kehinde Fasasi, 61, was not as lucky as the magistrate’s refused to discharge him but granted bail in the sum of N400,000.
Chief Magistrate Alex Komolafe, dismissed the murder charges against Rotimi Kujore, 44; Fatai Adele, 62; Ismaila Abiola, 50; Amos Fawole, 65; Victoria Falowo, 42.
Others include Mukaila Odukoya, 54; Isaac Oropo, 55; Muhammed Babangida, 37; and Ugochukwu Nwoke, 50.
The accused were arraigned alongside Moshood Salvador, chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who has
since been discharged of the crime levelled against him.
Chief Magistrate Komolafe, in the ruling, held that in view of the advice from the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, the court exonerated the accused persons.
Komolafe also ordered that the nine accused be released from Ikoyi Prison.
The offences contravened Sections 223 and 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.