A court in Lagos discharged and acquitted a suspect for showing remorse.
A man standing trial for attempted murder, Kazeem Ajiga, has been discharged and acquitted by an Ijede Magistrates’ Court in Ikorodu, Lagos State, after he showed remorse for his action.
Ajiga was dragged to the court for allegedly instigating the lynching of a man, Raheem Omoleye, whom he accused of stealing his aluminium roofing sheets.
When he was brought before Magistrate Jumoke Olagbegi-Adelabu, Ajiga was very sorry over the incident and and Adelabu ruled:
“Since Ajiga has shown remorse, caution and did not waste this court’s time by pleading guilty, I hereby discharge him and strike out the case.
I ordered the arrest and subsequent arraignment of Ajiga and his accomplices still at large for almost blinding a suspect they arrested and for obstructing the police from doing their job.
This court is not against citizens arresting criminals in support of the course of justice, but will not tolerate the use of excessive force, beating up and violence on them.
Many Nigerians have been killed in such acts which clearly is anti-social, barbaric and against human rights and contrary to being sane in this 21st century."