Awaiting Trial Mates jump two-storey building to evade trial

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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This is not the first time suspects going through trial will take desperate move to escape jail. Three years ago, a suspect jumped from the third floor of the Samuel Ilori Magistrate Court building at Ogba, Lagos when he found out that he will be going back to prison without hope of trial. It had been delays since he was remanded in prison pending trial. He was dead when he landed on the ground floor.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the duo jumped simultaneously as  Magistrate G. Oladele was about to give  the next adjourned dare.The police had  charged the duo and three others with conspiracy and armed robbery.

According to the prosecutor, Insp Femi Omilana, five suspects  had been remanded by the court since 2023 pending advice of Oyo State Director of Public Prosecutions in the case.

Omilana alleged that the five suspects robbed some people while armed with guns and other dangerous weapons.

“They were remanded since then at the Agodi correctional facility, Ibadan, but were today brought to the court for mentioning of the case and for the court to know the position of the matter.

“The magistrate was about to announce an adjournment date when we heard a sound. One of the suspects jumped from the court’s back window while the other jumped from the front rail. The duo landed on the floor. One broke his head and another, his spinal cord.

“They were both taken to the jailors half dead, because they could hardly work,” Omilana said.

The magistrate adjourned the case until July 8 for mention.


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