An Ekiti State High Court has discharged and acquitted the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress and some members standing trial for murder.
Justice Dele Omotoso dismissed the case because the court had been informed that Governor Ayo Fayose intervened in the interest of peace.
One of the accused, now freed who had been remanded at Ado Ekiti prison, is Sola Adenijo.
They had been on trial for the murder of Madam Juliana Adewunmi and Murphy Jeje – a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2013.
The late Adewunmi was the mother of Segun Adewunmi, the current Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly.
The two others discharged by Justice Bamidele Omotosho are Sola Adenijo and Sefiu Owonikoko. Owonikoko died about three weeks ago.
Their discharge and acquittal followed the withdrawal of the charge on Wednesday by the state Attorney Genera and Commissioner for Justice, Kolapo Kolade, on the orders of governor Ayodele Fayose.
Kolade said the state was withdrawing the case in order to promote peace and brotherliness among the people of Erinjiyan Ekiti, which is the community where both the complainant and the defendants in the matter hailed from.