Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kamaldeen Ajibade (SAN) on Wednesday told a Kwara State high Court that dismissed police constable, who is a principal suspect in the Offa bank robbery, Michael Adikwu, has died.
Mr. Ajibade disclosed this when five of the six suspects were brought to court for arraignment.
The five suspects brought before the court were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.
The Police had said that Adikwu confessed to being the mastermind of the bloody operation, which claimed the lives of at least 32 people on April 5, 2018.
Ajibade, who told the court that his office received the case file of the robbery operation on Monday evening, said the head of police investigation team, Mr Abba Kyari, informed him that Adikwu was dead.
“We have the names of six suspects on our charge sheet but they brought five suspects; we cannot go on with the case until we amend the charges because we cannot prosecute a dead person,” he said.
The attorney general added that the case could not go on because the suspects had no legal representation, pleading that the court adjourn the case for the charges to be amended and for the suspects to get legal representation.
Justice Halima Salman obliged his request and adjourned the matter till November 30, 2018 and ordered that the suspects should get lawyers to defend them.