By Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin
Fears of COVID-19 have stalled continuation of trial of April fifth, 2018 Offa, financial institution theft suspects on the Kwara state Excessive Courtroom.
Doorways of the court docket of the trial choose, Justice Haleema Saleeman have been beneath lock and keys.
Closely armed prisons officers with the suspects arrived the court docket premises at 9.05am however there have been no officers to open the court docket room for them.
The accused are Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salahudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran, all of whom have been within the court docket’s premises.
Investigations on the Ilorin Excessive Courtroom premises confirmed the state judiciary had been shut down resulting from COVID-19 pandemic.
A round pasted on one of many partitions within the court docket premises signed by the Chief Registrar of the Excessive Courtroom Mrs. Ibijoke Olawoyin stated the court docket determined to shutdown due to “the dangers related to public gathering.”
The round reads: “It has been noticed that the current resumption of labor within the state judiciary has led to an upsurge within the variety of employees and members of the general public trooping into the court docket premises with out strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols put in place by the state technical committee on COVID-19 notably because it pertains to classes of employees allowed to attend workplace.
“It’s in view of the dangers related to such public gathering and the will of the state authorities to make sure the prevention and curtailment of the unfold of the dreaded coronavirus that His Lordship, the Chief Decide of Kwara state, in compliance with Kwara state technical committee on COVID-19 directs that each one officers of the state judiciary beneath grade degree 14 ought to as from Monday 13th July, 2020 keep at and work at home whereas the remaining view important officers that come to work ought to put on face masks, frequently wash and sanitise their palms and preserve cheap social distancing.”
One other discover pasted on the wall of the court docket signifies the state judiciary will start its annual trip from August 3th until September 21, 2020, signalling that the continuation of the Offa banks theft trial has been stalled.
Justice Saleeman, on the final sitting on July 10th, adjourned until Wednesday after taking proof from one of many defendants,Azeez Salawu.
Salawu, had advised the court docket how six suspects have been killed in his presence by the policemen in Abuja.
He stated that the policemen extracted confessional assertion from him beneath duresss, forcing him to confess his alleged participation within the financial institution theft assaults in Offa, the place over 30 individuals, together with policemen have been reportedly killed.
The suspects have been ultimately ferried away by the prisons officers of their automobile at 9.50am when it was clear the court docket wouldn’t sit.