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Court Discharges 5 Arrested For Murder During Communal Clash in Modakeke

By Sodiq Lawal

An Osun State Magistrate Court II sitting in Ile- Ife has discharged Musibahu Olabode, Yekini Alawo, Muhammad Yusuf and two others who were alleged to have killed Tajudeen Ogunyinka and one other person at Alapata village in Modakeke.

The court based its ruling on the intention of the complainants and the letter of withdrawal accompanied with affidavit that was presented by the Modakeke Peace Committee who sought the relief of the court for amicable settlement.

According to Modakeke peace community organization chairman, Honourable Emiyinka Femi, told the court that the community are no longer interested in casethereby presented a letter of withdraw with a sworn affidavit on behalf of the people.

Femi explained that the community has investigated the matter and established that the suspects   were not the killer of the two deceased.

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The police prosecutor, Inspector Christian Olajide said since the community has accepted to withdraw the case, he would urged the court to strike out the case.

Counsel to the defendant,  Adeyemi Awosemo argued that court is empowered to promote reconciliation and peaceful conduct especially when the complainants has decided to withdraw the case.

He thereby urged the court to discharge the accused.

In his ruling, Magistrate Olamilekan Ijiyode said it is good and godly that innocent soul must not be unjustly punished.

He however ordered the accused be discharged with immediate effect.