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Three robbery suspects regain freedom in Kano after spending 7 years in prison


The Kano State Office of the Legal Aid Council said it has secured the release of three armed robbery suspects who had been in prison for seven years without prosecution.
The Coordinator of the council, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the activities of the council on Friday in Kano.
He said the council facilitated the release of the suspects early this month.
Umar said one of the suspects was arrested during a massive arrest by the police after a robbery operation in the metropolis.
‘’The accused, Idris Abdu has been standing trial for more than seven years, but no evidence, no charge from the state.
‘’So, upon our application, Justice Tani Yusuf of High Court No. 5 in Kano discharged him for lack of evidence’’, he said.
The council coordinator said the other two persons, who were arrested and charged for the offences of grievous hurt and armed robbery but without prosecution and trial, were discharged and acquitted.
Umar said the council applied to enforce their fundamental human right before Justice Faruk Lawan of the High Court No. 12, leading to their unconditional release.
He said the council in collaboration with the state branch of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN) has also facilitated the release of a number of inmates in the state.
The coordinator said the council was able to pay the fine of N45, 000 to secure the release of minor offenders.
He called on wealthy individuals and philanthropists who wished to assist minor offenders to regain their freedom to liaise with the council.
‘’Some of the fines for minor offences are within the ranges between N5, 000, and the maximum of N20, 000’’, he said.
 
 
 
 
 

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