The magistrate court at Ajebandele, Ile-Ife, has dismissed the case filed against five students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

Ishola Omisade, the magistrate, on Thursday struck out the case against Oloniran Gbenga, Oyedeji Samson, Jimoh Oladipupo, OlaJude Ademola and Adeniji John.

The magistrate cited lack of diligent prosecution, and noted that the case had suffered eight adjournments on the grounds of the prosecution’s “flimsy excuses”.

Omisade ruled that the best thing to do was to strike out the case.

The police had on March 21 arraigned the students on a three-count charge of misdemeanor, breach of public peace and assault.

The prosecutor, OI Philip, had told the court that the students allegedly assaulted three staff of the institution.

Philip said the offence contravened sections 249 (D), 351 and 517 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The students had pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties, among other conditions.

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