Lagos Justice Commissioner and Attorney-General, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem has assured that there would be justice in a murder case initiated against a middle-aged man, Monday Lawrence on the alleged murder of a trader, Anene Utazi at the popular Ladipo auto parts market as he would personally handle the prosecution on behalf of the state. Monday Lawrence and other persons still sought are standing trial before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo over the alleged murder of Utazi during a crisis at the market in 2016.
In an eight-count charge brought against accused persons, the state alleged that Monday Lawrence and others still sought on February 18, 2016 at Odo-Aladura, Ladipo Mushin allegedly murdered Utazi. The accused person, Lawrence, who has since been granted bail was also alleged to have inflicted grievous body injury on about five other traders at the market.
Last week, Ladipo market union leaders through their lawyer, Monday Ubani petitioned the Lagos Attorney- General raising concerns that the matter was being swept under the carpet as it was not being handled properly. Ubani claimed that the defendant was granted bail in a suspicious circumstance while several witnesses bid to testify before the court were allegedly being harassed and threatened by the defendant.
At the last proceedings, defence team led by Mrs R. O Aroyewun told the court that the Justice Commissioner, Kazeem had indicated interest to personally handle the prosecution of the defendants. Aroyewun also informed the court that no fewer than 37 witnesses had been assembled to testify in the trial. “My Lord, the Attorney-General has expressed interest to personally handle this matter. Our witnesses are 37 and they are ready to testify before the court,” she said.