An Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday struck out the murder charge preferred against the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Olajide Awe and three other persons in Ekiti.
The three others are John Faboro Ojo, Aniramu Basiru, Falayi Busuyi.
They were charged for their alleged involvement in the murder of Mr Ayo Jeje and Mrs Juliana Adewumi in Erinjiyan Ekiti on March 30, 2013.
Justice Bamidele Omotoso struck out the case following an application by the prosecution counsel, Yakubu Dauda, for an order striking out the names of first to fourth defendants for inability to bring the accused persons to the court for trial.
Dauda had applied that the names of Awe and three other defendants be struck out due to inability of the prosecution to bring them to trial.
However, Sefiu Owonifari (5th) and Adenijo Sola (6th) accused persons are to continue with the trial.
Counsel for the accused, Ibrahim Olanrewaju, explained that the matter was struck out and charges against the accused persons dropped because trial in absentia was unknown to the Nigerian Constitution.
He added that the court had no option than to strike out the charge under the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
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