A criminal case brought by the Oyo State government against Kamil Akinlabi a former member of the Federal Chamber and current president of the Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA), has been dropped by the state.
The HOY / 5c / 2016 (Oyo x Akinlabi) case, which is due to be reviewed after several postponements, was dismissed on Tuesday by Judge Iyabo Yerima at Court Four of the Ibadan State Superior Court.
The discontinuation came under the force of the Attorney General, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo, as he told the court to discontinue the case via a letter that was brought to court in 2016 by a reverent traditional ruler.
In reacting to the development, Akinlabi, who was appointed by the Seyi Makinde government as president of the Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) in 2019, said he was happy that justice prevailed over the matter, despite taking a long time.
“I must thank the judiciary, you must see the impartial prosecution of the case from the beginning until its interruption, reaffirmed the fact that the court is really the last hope for the common man.
“It is one thing to take action and another to be ready to bear the consequences of that action, that I have shown and we are happy that the matter has spoken for itself, even when the charges have been changed two or three times, but I am happy to say today that it is a new dawn. “
Further said; “The Ministry of Justice came in today and dropped the most well-known charges and motives, but we thank God and whoever was behind the decision and it gave me the opportunity to accept that this is the period when the rule of law is considered sacred. “
Akinlabi went further, urging the government to improve the facilities of the courts in order to improve the judicial system in its service to the people.
He deplored the fact that judges still write long-handed judgments when technology could be employed to do so, saying that the introduction of modern technology would help speed up court cases.