Law enforcement apprehends the sister of a suspect linked to the Offa robbery while she is in court.


Omolara Ogundiran, the sister and witness of one of the individuals arrested in connection with the violent robbery incident in Offa, Kwara state, has been taken into police custody while in court. The recent graduate of Ire Polytechnic, who is the younger sibling of the fifth defendant, Niyi Ogundiran, was apprehended by state police command operatives around 3:40 pm immediately after the trial that commenced at 9:00 am.

During the trial of Ayoade Akinnibosun, Azeez Salahudeen, Niyi Ogundiran, Ibikunle Ogunleye, and Adeola Abraham on February 2, Omolara Ogundiran was summoned as a witness by the defense counsel, Mathias Emeribe. She presented a receipt allegedly issued by a spare parts seller in Osogbo, Osun state, to her brother. In her testimony, she recounted going to Osogbo to collect the receipt and explained the circumstances surrounding its issuance.

Under cross-examination, she provided details about her education and the events leading to obtaining the receipt. However, Justice Halimat Salman rejected the admissibility of the receipt as evidence, describing it as a sham. The judge expressed skepticism about the authenticity of the receipt, pointing out discrepancies in signatures and stating that presenting it after six years raised doubts about its credibility.

The judge adjourned the case to Tuesday, April 9, 2024, for the adoption of written addresses by the counsels.

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