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An Ikeja High Court in Lagos on Friday discharged and acquitted Ifeanyi Igwe, a fashion designer, of the charge of conspiracy and attempted robbery four years after his first arraignment.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Igwe’s freedom came on Friday after being incarcerated for four years.

Justice Raliatu Adebiyi on Friday found Igwe, in his late 20s, not guilty of a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.

The judge said Igwe’s acquittal followed the prosecution’s inability to prove its case.

Adebiyi held: “The evidence of sole witness in the case, Sergeant Augustine Okodo, the Investigating Police Officer, gave evidence of the fact that nothing was stolen, there was also no evidence from the alleged victim.

“The defendant’s statement did not contain any admission of conspiracy; the court finds that the defendant’s statement did not contain any admission of conspiracy.

“The prosecution failed to prove the charge of conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt.

“And the testimony of the IPO did not give any evidence that the defendant robbed one Abdullahi Salami.

“The statement of the defendant is at variance with the testimony of the IPO, the defendant had admitted in his statement that he had stolen a Bajaj motorcycle from Salami.

“This is at variance with the testimony of the IPO, which was about the attempted robbery of a member of the public.

“The prosecution failed woefully to prove the charge of conspiracy and attempted robbery.

“The defendant is hereby discharged and acquitted of the charges.”

NAN reports that the prosecution, led by Bukola Akanni of the Office of the Public Defender, had alleged that Igwe committed the offences on July 13, 2013 at Agoyi Junction, Isolo Road, Isolo, Lagos State.

According to Akanni, Igwe and an accomplice, while on a motorcycle, attempted to rob a member of the public.

“The robbery was foiled when their intended victim raised an alarm and in their attempt to escape, they were hit by a vehicle and were apprehended,” she said.

She had said the offences contravened Sections 402 (1) and 403 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.

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