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Mistaken Identity How medical student was wrongly condemned to death for murder (Audio)

A 500-level medical student who was condemned to death for alleged robbery and murder of a police officer claims he was framed up.

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A medical student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, who was wrongly condemned to death for the murder of a policeman has maintained his innocence.

The convict, Kolade Olajide Fowoshere who is on death row at the Ibara Prison, Abeokuta, Ogun State, spoke to Rockcity FM on his predicament, insisting that he was wrongly convicted and believed he will be set free soon.

According to a special report by the Ogun State-based radio station, Fowoshere who said he was a 500-level medical student at the time of his conviction, narrated in an audio recording how he was framed up and charged to court by the police for the murder of the officer during a robbery in Ado-Ekiti in 2011.

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A report of the incident as recorded in 2011 read:

'A part five medical student of Madonna University, Anambra State, Kolade Olajide, and three other students have been arrested by the men of the Ekiti State Police Command for allegedly killing a policeman during a robbery operation at Moferere area of Ado-Ekiti.

The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olayinka Balogun, said at a press conference where the suspects were paraded in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, that the deceased, Olusegun Olufowobi, was shot by the gang around 8:40 pm on July 20, 2011.

The other suspects are, Blessing Ohworisi, a male student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti; Ojo Ogundare, a tyre repairer and Miss Sunkanmi Faleye, Ohoworisi’s girlfriend, who is the gang leader.

Faleye, who is a pre-degree student of the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo in Ondo State, claimed she was not aware that her boyfriend was a criminal.

She added that one of the gang members called her on the telephone and told her that her boyfriend had been shot by a robber.

Faleye, who cried throughout the period of the parade, added that she went to OAUTH to take care of her boyfriend but unknown to her, he had been involved in a robbery.

The CP said, “The policeman was murdered in his apartment at Moferere area of Ado-Ekiti. He engaged the attackers in a gun battle with his service pistol, although he died but he shot and injured one of the hoodlums who is now receiving treatment at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife in Osun State.”

The medical student confessed to journalists that he and Ojo went with Ohoworisi aka Master Orchestral, to the residence of the deceased for the operation.

The suspect, who claimed to be a former Student of Obafemi Awolowo University, where he met Ohoworisi, said the policeman was not the target.

He added that they were returning from a failed operation when they saw shining lights at the policeman’s residence.

He said the gang leader went in because he thought the person using a generator in the neighborhood must be a rich man.

Olajide explained that he and Ogundare, who accompanied Ohoworisi, heard a gunshot from outside the building where they had waited. He added that the policeman rushed for his pistol with which he shot the leader of the gang.

The policeman was later rushed to a hospital where he died, having lost so much blood while the injured gang leader was taken away by his members.

Olajide said they deceived the policemen at different checkpoints and managed to take the injured gang leader to OAUTH where he and others were arrested."

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However, in the audio recording, Fowoshere said he was a victim of circumstances and claimed that he is innocent of the alleged crime.

He narrated that he had gone to visit his friend and found out that he was a victim of a stray bullet and helped in taking him to a hospital where he was later arrested and charged with armed robbery and murder.

Listen to the recording here.

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