By Ola Ajayi & Bellow Akinwunmi
AN Ibadan magistrate court yesterday ordered that the former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola a.k.a Tokyo and some of his loyalists facing charges of murder and felony be remanded in Agodi prison.
The order came after the prosecution counsel, Mr. Emma Ijalana said the police had concluded investigation on the matter and there would be no need keeping in the custody of the police the embattled former NURTW boss and his loyalists.
The decision of the court angered the family members of the ex-NURTW boss who continually rained curses on the persecutors of their benefactor. Tokyo had said his ordeal was politically motivated.
Mr. Adeleke Bakare, counsel to Tokyo objected to Ijalanaâ€™s application, saying his client should be kept with the police pending the time the prosecution would send its case file to the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
After the submissions of the two counsel, the presiding judge, Magistrate A.S. Bolaji, said the court had not been convinced why the accused persons should be in police custody, adding that since the prison was the proper place for accused persons and coupled with good security in the prison custody, the five accused persons should be remanded there.
Tokyo was arraigned alongside other suspects including, Kasim Adelumiyi, Rasheed Oladele, Taiwo Olapade and Musa Adeleke.
They were accused of having knowledge of the murder of Muyiwa Akintunde and Folarin Ilorin in front of the residence of the former vice chairman of the union, Mr. Lateef Salako.
They were accused of having committed an offence punishable under section 319(1) of the criminal code Cap 38 Vol. 11 Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.
According to the charge sheet, the accused were alleged to have conspired and attempted to kill Mumuni Salako, Kareem Salako and Lateef Salako by shooting at them and thereby committed offences punishable under section 320 (1) of the criminal code Cap 38 Vol. 11 Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.