Former embattled Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State, Alhaji Lamidi Mukaila (a.k.a Auxiliary), and four other accused persons were yesterday convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment by an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan.
The ex-union leader, as well as his lieutenants, including Saheed Kareem, Abu Kareem, Kazeem Kayode and Taiwo Tijani, were tried for the mayhem in March, 2014 at the Iwo Road interchange, Ibadan which claimed many lives including that of Adekunle Oladipupo, a medical student of a Northern University.
After their conviction was pronounced by Justice Eni Esan of the Ring Road High Court, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, counsel to the accused persons, said his clients would appeal the judgment.
He averted that since the court had acquitted and discharged his clients of murder and attempted murder, the conspiracy for which they were convicted did not exist.
While delivering judgment on the case, Justice Eni Esan said the accused persons were charged with a three-count charge of conspiracy, murder and attempted murder and that the first prosecution witness, Akeem Agbaje, in his evidence, told the court he was beside Adekunle Adedipupo on the said day when the accused persons with others at large stormed the motor park in a Peugeot 604 belonging to Alhaji Mukaila and two other Micra cars, shooting sporadically.
The witness in his evidence- in-chief went further that it was during the shooting that a bullet the deceased who died immediately and that he too, sustained serious injuries.
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