Offa banks robbery: Court admits medical report on suspects

An Ilorin High Court, yesterday, admitted in evidence the medical examination report of the wounds allegedly inflicted on the suspected Offa banks robbers by the police during interrogation.

The suspects, Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salahudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran, are facing trial before the court over their roles in the May 5, 2018, Offa banks robbery. 

The court had adjourned the trial till yesterday for further hearing and trial-within-trial over the admissibility of confessional statements allegedly made by the suspects while in police detention. At the resumed hearing of the matter, Olaleye Olasunkanmi, a medical doctor presented the medical examination report to the court. 

Olasunkanmi who was in charge of medical welfare of inmates at Kwara State prisons command said the instrument used in the hospital cannot tell the date that the injuries occurred. 

He said the fracture seen on the X-ray film showed that the fracture was there in the past and was caused by the metallic object. He said:” I am satisfied with the medical examination presented to court despite not being the author. 

The author followed a due process which has provided an answer to the needs of the court.

“I have informed the court that the date cannot be ascertained by our instrument and the injuries are caused by trauma.” Led in evidence by the prosecutor, Yusuf Beki, Olasunkanmi told the court that the report did not show that the wounds on the legs of the suspects were as a result of gunshots. 

He testified that there is no place where a gunshot was mentioned in the report. In his response, the defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe, prayed the court to allow further examination of the cause of the wounds on the legs of the suspects by a ballistician. 

He said since the court is after dispensing justice on the matter, the assistance of the ballistician in the matter was necessary. 

The trial judge, Justice Haleeman Salman, in his short ruling dismissed the submission of the defence counsel, saying the Chief Medical Director of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, had no authority to order a ballistic examination of the wounds on the suspects’ legs.

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