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Omisore’s case reassigned to another judge


THE Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Isaiah Olakanmi on Monday reassigned the case of conspiracy and murder preferred against former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore to Justice John Olagoke Ige.

Omisore is currently being detained for complicity in the December 23, 2001 for the murder of the late Justice Minister, Chief Bola Ige (SAN).]

Though Justice Atilade Ojo had been shouldered with the responsibility of trying Omisore and 11 other suspects, albeit separately,s the impeached deputy governor had filed an application for an order transferring his case to another court.

Consequently, Ojo last Friday granted Omisore’s application, citing the need to ensure that justice was done as reason for his action.

Checks by the DAILY TIMES on Monday at the State Judiciary revealed that the case had been reassigned to Court Six of the state High Court, Ring Road where Justice Ige presides.

The case file which was granted to the court for the information and proof of evidence and the charges of conspiracy and murder preferred against Omisore.

According to the case file signed by the Oyo State Director of Public Prosecution (DPD), Mrs. Olubunmi Oyesina Omisore was alleged to have conspired “to commit felony to wit murder, contrary to section 324 of the criminal code cap 30 Vol II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 1978”.

The particulars of the offence stated that Iyiola Omisore on or about 23 December, 2001 at Old Bodija Area, Ibadan conspired with all other 13 accused persons to kill Chief James Ajibola Ige.

The charges said this, alleged action was contrary to section 319 (I) of the criminal code of Oyo State.

Legal fineworks in the trials of Omisore before Justice Ige is expected to commence on Friday April 4, 2003.

However, the new Judge, on the trials is likely to decide on an earlier application brought before Justice Ojo by Omisore’s counsel Kunle Kalejaiye seeking an order gnashing the two count charges after hearing argument on it on Friday.