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Court reopens Funsho Williams murder case

A Federal High Court, Lagos on Monday granted a motion to relist a suit seeking to re-open investigations into the murder of the former governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Engineer Funsho Williams. The suit was filed by a local politician, Bashir Junaid. Junaid was detained over the murder of Funsho Williams and had gone to the court seeking for an order of mandamus to compel the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), to re-open investigations into Funsho Williams murder. He listed the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and ten others as defendants. The applicant is also seeking N5bn as exemplary damages. Williams was strangled to death in his Dolphin Estate residence, in Ikoyi, Lagos, on July 27, 2006. Junaid, in his 48-рaragraph ѕtаtеmеnt of сlаim, alleged that the police disregarded his freely made statement, which could have assisted them to know who killed Williams. He also claimed that the concrete evidence that he tendered was diѕcarded by the Federal Central Invеѕtigаtiоnѕ Dераrtmеnt, Alagbon, Lagos. Junaid also alleged that Tinubu used his influence with the police to exonerate himself. He equally accused the police of compromise by allegedly allowing the legal adviser to the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Muiz Banire, to change his statement after he had been cautioned. However, at Monday’s proceedings, Adesheye informed the court that in compliance with an earlier order of the court before the suit was struck out, his client had ensured personal service of the concurrent writ of summons on the defendants that were outside the court’s jurisdiction. The lawyer urged the court to grant the motion seeking to re-list the suit in the interest of justice, saying the defendants would not be prejudiced in anyway whatsoever if the request was granted. But counsel for the 1st and 4th defendants, Kingson Uwandu, while opposing Adesheye’s submission, pointed out that the plaintiff had yet to pay the N25, 000 fine placed on him by the court when the matter was struck out. Uwandu, therefore, argued that it was improper for the plaintiff, who had failed to comply with an order of the court, to turn around seeking a favour from the same court. But when probed by the court on when the order for the payment of the N25, 000 fine was made against the plaintiff, Uwandu said he could not remember because he was not with the case file. Ofili-Ajumogobia, who eventually vacated the earlier cost of N25, 000 made against Junaid, also granted the prayer to enlist the suit. The suit was then adjourned till September 29, 2015. However, the case suffered a set back when the judge struck it out on April 29, 2015, for want of diligent prosecution.

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