Legal Nigeria

Suspect shot in failed bid to escape from Ondo court

A SUSPECT arraigned for contravention of  Ondo State government’s ban on commercial motorcycle operation was shot yesterday after attempting to escape at a Chief Magistrate’s Court located at Olukayode House, Akure.
The suspect was granted bail by the court, but could not perfect the bail conditions. He attempted to escape as he was about to be conveyed to Olokuta Prisons.
The suspect ran towards Oshinle quarters in the state capital.
Prison wardens shot sporadically to foil his bid, a situation which made lawyers and judges to scamper for safety.
The accused person was re-arrested  and brought back to the court.
But in another round of sporadic shooting by the prison guards, the suspect was allegedly shot.
He was hurriedly pushed into the prison van and taken to the prison.
Sources at the prison said the suspect had been taken into solitary confinement in the “Prison Guard room” as a punishment for attempting to escape.
A lawyer, Charles Titiloye, who was in court during the incident, condemned the excessive use of force by the prison guards.