By Adejumo Kabir
The Magistrate Court sitting at Ajebandele, Ile Ife, has struck out the struck out the case of five students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, facing trial over allegations leveled them by the university management after 6th adjournment.
IFE CITY NEWS reported how the students were handed over to the police on 21st and arraigned on 22nd respectively for opposing the forceful eviction of students from a female hostel, Moremi.
The five students, Gbenga Oloniniran, Oyedeji Samson, Olajide Adedamola, Jimoh Oladipupo and Adeniji John were remanded in court for one week by Magistrate F. I. Omisade after they could not meet up with their bail conditions.
The State’ Counsel since the beginning of the matter have said the inability to get legal advice has been delaying the matter.
The State Counsel, A. O Ukoh, while addressing the court said the legal advice is still not ready today.
“Unfortunately the legal advice is not ready yet and we find it difficult to proceed without the issuance of the legal advice”
However, the defense Counsel, Olalekan Olagunju said they are bind by records that the matter has suffer lots of delay causing psychological trauma for the students.
“On the 21st of May be in the last day of adjournment. We are bind by records. The state counsel argued that they will be in court today with the readiness to proceed. My Lord, conceded to that position because of interest of Justice. Also, we objected that the legal advised is not subjected to any of the counsel and pleaded that the case be struck out.”
“This is the least phase of criminal matter that has ever been known. They were brought to court on March 22nd. May Lord, we call that the case be struck out due to negligence of the state and the school.”
The state counsel, Mr. Ukoh further pleaded with the court for more time which was denied by the Magistrate.
Magistrate Omisade in his ruling said since the beginning of the matter, there have been issues surrounding legal advice.
“Since the beginning of the matter there have been case of legal advice. There are times the state counsel will not even come to court. Till today, the case still remain the same”.
He therefore struck out the case which happened to be in favor of the students.
The students however expressed satisfaction as they tag the day “historical moment for OAU community”
Meanwhile, as confirmed by IFE CITY NEWS, the online portal pages of some of these students have been blocked by the university which has denied them to register for courses for new session, which means that their studentship is not active.