21st July, 2011
The Federal Ministry of Justice, (Lagos office) has withdrawn suit against two tricycle operators, Messrs. Taofeek Ogunleye and Rasheed Olalekan.
In suit No.C/14/2011 filed at the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos before Magistrate F.O. Aigbokhavbo, the prosecutor, ASP Raymond Alehaine of the Federal Criminal Investigation Department, Alagbon accused them of conspiring with others at large to commit felony, to wit, manslaughter and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap. C.17, Vol.2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria.
Magistrate Aigbokhavbo granted them bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Exonerating the suspects in a letter on behalf of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Assistant Director of the ministry, L.N. Ofulue, requested their release from custody.
The letter reads: â€œI am directed to inform you that after going through the case file and relevant legal provisions of law, this office is of the opinion that the suspects, Taofeek Ogunleye and Rasheed Olalekan have no case to answer. For the fact that the evidence in this case, particularly the autopsy report is not conclusive, thus raising doubt as to the actual cause of death of the deceased which the suspects are entitled to benefit from.
â€œIn view of the above, the suspects should be exonerated and released from custody. Your duplicate case file is hereby returned for record purpose,â€ the letter stated.