Barristers & Solicitors
Man freed after seven years in detention

Amagistrate’s Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has freed an elderly man, Hassan Mumuni, following a plea bargain after he spent seven years in detention.

It followed the intervention of the Legal Aid Council (LACON), represented by its counsel Grace Adenubi.

Mumuni was remanded in 2016 for involuntary manslaughter; he drove a vehicle that was involved in an accident that took someone’s life.

The case was referred to LACON in 2021 by the presiding Magistrate McDavies Amore.

The defendant was eventually arraigned before Justice Yetunde Adesanya in 2022.

Adenubi applied for a plea bargain, and Mumuni pleaded guilty.

A maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment was approved for a lesser offence of reckless driving.

Justice Adesanya upheld the plea bargain agreement on September 21 and ordered that the defendant be released having already served the sentence which ran from the date of remand.

A joyful Mumuni has since travelled to Katsina to meet his family.

Magistrate Amore also struck out the case involving Nweke Chinedu for want of diligent prosecution following an application by Adenubi.

The case was over alleged theft of cable, but the prosecution did not produce witnesses to prove the case.

The defendant could not perfect his bail having been abandoned by his indigent family.

Magistrate Amore struck out the case in line with Section 35(4)(a) of the 1999 Constitution, which guarantees personal liberty.