An All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Dr. Tola Kasali, and Governor Babatunde Fashola’s Special Adviser on Politics and Legislative Matters, Musiliu Folami, were, on Tuesday, arraigned for the murder of citizen Musiliu Lamidi, on November 9, 2014, in Ibeju-Lekki area of the state.
Also arraigned was Kasali’s chief security officer, Abiodun Tobun. A A Police prosecutor, Godwin Osuyi, told a Magistrate Court hearing the matter in Ebute- Meta, in Lagos Mainland, that it recovered from the suspects an unlicensed Pump Action gun, with serial number 6381. The prosecutors said their unlawful possession of a firearm contravened the State’s Firearms Act. The Police also claimed that the deceased was found in the premises of one of the accused. An application by a lawyer from the Office of Attorney-General of the Federation to take over the case was allowed by the Police, but not after informing the court that the accused were only in court for an order of remand and had not been formally charged.
However, the suspects were not remanded because the Police did not sufficiently support the application for their remand. Citing this lapse, the lead defence lawyer, Taiwo Ajala, described the allegations against the accused as mere rumours, asked they be struck out and the suspects granted bail. Ajala asked the court to consider the “social standing and circumstances of the defendants.” Ajala added that “the first is currently the special adviser to this government, (while) the second was a former Commissioner for Rural Development. His impacts are felt on our roads. He was also a former Commissioner for Special Duties, while the third defendant had, at different times been a chief security officer of the state. They are all known by reputation.” The Chief Magistrate, Tunbosun Abolarinwa, sustained Ajala’s argument and granted the accused bail on self recognition.