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The Lagos State government has directed its the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) to explore plea and sentence bargain in the matter a defendant, Titilayo Benson on trial for alleged murder.
Benson was charged with the offence of Murder in Charge No. LD/92/13; by the state government.
A statement issued by the Director Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi denied delay on the part of the government on trial of the suspect since 2013 as published by an online publication.
Oyekanmi explained: “Contrary to the allegations in the online publication, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) carried out all that was required to prosecute the matter but the defendant was never produced from Kirikiri Female Correctional Centre despite series of production warrants to appear at the High Court.
“Upon receipt of the case file in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) March 22, 2013 before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo for prosecution.
”During the pendency of the matter, the defendant was represented in court by one C.K Emele on November 2, 2016 and March 1, 2017 by one O.E. Ashade, yet the defendant remain unproduced in court despite several production warrants issued to produce her.
“Given the gravity of the offence alleged against the defendant and the length of time spent in custody, the Director Public Prosection has forthwith been directed to explore plea and sentence bargain in the matter”, the statement added.