Offa robbery case stalled, as father of slain police officer dies

Hearing of the case involving five accused persons arrested in connection with deadly bank robbery in Offa, Kwara state was on Monday stalled at a Kwara state High Court in Ilorin.

Justice Halima Salman, who had fixed Monday, January 7, 2019, for definite hearing of the case, was informed that inability of the police to produce witnesses and exhibits before the court brought about the development.

Addressing the court, the Kwara state Director Public Prosecution, Jimoh Mumini, said that he had made three telephone calls to the police headquarters in Abuja before he was assured only yesterday that the witnesses and the exhibits would be brought to Kwara state on Monday.

He also told the court that the Deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari, who led the investigation, had pleaded with him to urge the court to vacate the order of definite hearing earlier fixed for Monday since the witnesses could not make it on time.

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Thus, Justice Halima Salman adjourned the definite hearing of the case to January 18, 2019.

Speaking with journalists after the court sitting, the Director of Public Prosecution, Jimoh Mumini, said that the best witnesses for the prosecution of the case would have been people from Offa who witnessed what happened on that day and not just policemen who investigated the incident.

He said there was no witness from Offa from the diary he had with him.

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