ACJL Success Story
Adamu and his brother, Mohammed hail from Kebi-Hausa Local Government area of Jigawa State and reside at Edem-Nike, Enugu East, L.G.A, Enugu State. Adamu was a mobile tailor, while Mohammed was a cobbler before they were arrested and subsequently detained in custody for three years.
There was a turn of event for Adamu and Mohammed as they prepared to travel to Abuja to visit a relative. They had purchased a ticket and boarded a bus in Old Park Enugu, before they were arrested and charged for armed robbery.
The false complaint against them was that on the 9th of March 2018, at about 8:30am, the defendants (accused persons) had invited the alleged victim who trades in cashew nuts and one of their customers to Ibagwa Nike to purchase cashew nuts but she and the commercial motorcycle rider that was with her were suddenly attacked with a knife by defendants and a third person who was with them. The alleged third person that was part of the robbery was not arrested and the commercial motorcycle rider that was with the alleged victim of the crime did not make statement at the police station and did not come to court to testify.
Adamu and Mohammed were arrested the same day of the alleged incident and were taken to the police station and subsequently charged to the Magistrate court for the offence of armed robbery. They were remanded in custody and were later arraigned at the High Court Enugu for the offence of armed robbery.
On their arraignment and subsequent proceedings in their trial the defendants had no legal representation given that they could not afford one and so their trial stalled for several months until CAPIO legal team provided free legal representation for them. Armed robbery is an offence that carries the penalty of death and the law requires that anyone charged with any offence which carries the death penalty must be provided with legal representation; since the defendants could not afford to hire the services of a lawyer, the trial court requested CAPIO to assist the defendants with their free legal services.
During the trial, the prosecution called two witnesses, the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) and the alleged victim of the crime, the defendant’s testimony vindicated Adamu and Mohammed of accused crime. On the 9th of December 2021, Adamu and Mohammed were discharged and acquitted.