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Fayose orders withdrawal of murder case against APC chairman, others

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has directed withdrawal of an alleged murder case against the state Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Chief Jide Awe, and other members of the party.

This information was contained in a statement by Fayose’s spokesman, Idowu Adelusi, on Wednesday.

Awe, his aide, and other members of the APC have been on trial for alleged murder of Madam Juliana Adewunmi and Murphy Jeje, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, in 2013.

Adewunmi was the mother of Segun Adewunmi, the incumbent Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly.

Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kolapo Kolade, at High Court 7, Ado Ekiti, before Justice Bamidele Omotosho, filed an application for the withdrawal of the case against Awe on Wednesday.

Kolade said the state was withdrawing the case in order to promote peace and brotherliness among the people of Erinjiyan Ekiti, which is the community where both the complainant and the defendants in the matter hail from.

He also said Governor Fayose consented to the withdrawal of the case in spite of political differences because of his belief in posterity, peace and welfare of the people of the community, which was reported to have been divided over the court case.

Justice Omotosho, while granting the nod for Kolade’s application, said the court supported the development because it was to promote peace.

Speaking with newsmen on the development, Kolade said: “What happened in court today is far beyond politics.

“The Governor in his usual characteristic manner of promoting peace and brotherliness in all communities in Ekiti and across party lines has intervened.

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.