Some factional members of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State have alleged the state government of complicit in an assault case levelled against some party members that reportedly responsible for the attack of party stalwarts during the stakeholders meeting in Lafiagi town.

The case of the alleged assault on the party stalwarts said to had commenced at the
Area court Lafiagi before the purportedly order from the state ministry of justices to transfer it to Ilorin, the state capital.

Speaking with journalists in Lafiagi at the weekend spokesman of the factional party members, Alhaji Manzuma Tsoeda Mamman, said that “the transfer of the case was suspicious due to the alleged involvement of some suspected individuals close to the Kwara State Government”

Alhaji Mamman said that “there was no request by the complainants for any government intervention, added that counsel engaged for the case was in court in Lafiagi when the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ordered the transfer of the case from Lafiagi to Ilorin”

“On arrival at the Area Court, Lafiagi, on the appointed day, the Registrar of the court informed our complainants and counsel that the court was not sitting as our case file had been transferred since February 17, 2021, to Ilorin on the order of the Kwara State Director of Area Courts. When we inquired about the rationale behind the transfer of the case file, the Registrar informed us that
at about 8:00 am of the same day, the court received a copy of a letter dated February 17, 2021 written by the Kwara State Ministry of Justice and addressed to the Director of Area Courts on their intention to take over the prosecution of the case for ease of trial”.

The group, however, said that “the take- over of the prosecution and transfer of the case file was illegal and politically motivated, adding that the case was personally instituted by private individuals who were affected directly by the alleged
criminal attacks”

They also stressed further that “there is no incumbent Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Kwara as the State Executive Council has been dissolved, adding that the constitutional power of the Attorney General of the Federation or of any State to take over the prosecution of a case can only be exercised by the state Attorney General himself, or he may formally delegate such power to officers of the Ministry of Justice under his jurisdiction”

The group also called for unity especially among critical stakeholders within the party and ensure they guide against infiltration by bad elements to ease their victory come 2023.


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