A identified as Jelili Dimeji spent a whopping five years in prison for a crime he never took part, however, after his case was reviewed, he has finally been acquitted and discharged.
He was found not guilty by an Igbosere High Court in Lagos State.
This innocent man was accused of robbing some valuables from an apartment in Ikotun in 2015.
However, narrating his story, he revealed that he was on his way to board a bus to Ifo, Ogun State to see his wife, who had just been delivered of a baby when he was approached by a vigilante group.
He stated that the group claimed he was part of a gang of armed robbers that robbed a nearby house.
He revealed that he did not take part in the robbery attack, however, he was arrested, taken into custody, and remanded at the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre.
Giving her verdict on the review of the case in a virtual proceeding, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye stated that the prosecution did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
In her submission, she said;
“The alleged confessional statement was never placed before the court as an exhibit. I must hold that the prosecution’s failure to place the confessional statement before the court is fatal to its case.
The mere fact that the Investigating Police Officer testified that the defendant confessed cannot be taken as the gospel truth without some other hard evidence before the court.
As an 18th Century English jurist stated, it is better than 10 guilty persons escape than one innocent suffers.
Accordingly, I find and hold that the prosecution has failed to establish beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant, Dimeji, was one of those who carried out the robbery which took place about 3 a.m. on October 7, 2015, at Dele Ara Sreet, Ikotun, Lagos. I so hold.
Having failed to establish the substantive charge of armed robbery against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt, I find and hold that the prosecution has also not sustained the ancillary charge of conspiracy.
I, therefore, find you Jelili Dimeji not guilty of the charges as contained in counts one to four of the information dated March 3, 2017. You are hereby discharged and acquitted.”