Ekiti murder: Lawmaker, 8 others to spend, Christmas, New Year in prison

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…Ondo chief, four others docked for alleged robbery

BY GBENGA ARIYIBI & DAYO JOHNSON

ADO-EKITI — A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Boluwade Kehinde, and eight others were, yesterday, docked before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court over alleged involvement in the murder of one Foluso Ogundare in Emure-Ekiti on November 3, 2013.

Also, a chief in Ode Community of Akure North council area of Ondo State, Sunday Boboye and four others have been ordered to be remanded in prison for robbery, conspiracy and forgery by an Akure Chief Magistrate court.

In Ekiti, the suspects, who faced a five-count charge, were brought before Chief Magistrate Soji Adegboye and were remanded in prison till January 10, 2014.

They were accused of conspiracy, murder and causing the death of Ogundare and thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State 2012 among others.

The prosecutor, Samson Oshbu, said the accused committed a serious offence, but pleaded for a date for the hearing of the matter pending advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP.

Ademola Okeya who appeared for the accused persons said they were not opposing the application of the counsel in the matter, while Rotimi Adabembe and others stood in for the relatives of the deceased.

The accused persons are Kehinde, Ilesanmi Peter, Adedayo Kayode, Afolabi Ishola, Babalola Olomi, Malomo Alabi, Taidi Yinusa, Ayo Famojuro and Olawumi Fagborila.

Meanwhile, placard-carrying youths protested at the premises of court while the suspects were being arraigned.

The youths, who wore black clothes and came under the aegis of Ekiti Vibrant Youths, protested against the spate of politically-motivated killings in the state in recent times.

Ondo chief, 4 others docked

In Ondo State, the accused persons were docked on a six-count charge of robbery, conspiracy and forgery.

Other accused persons include Akeem Bakare, 25; Ramoni Ismaila, 27, Akinyele Gbenga, 40 and Obadan Gabriel, 55

They, according to the police prosecuting witness, Pelumi Adejuwon, were armed with two cut to size locally made barrel guns and other dangerous weapons robbed one Mrs Akin Adewale Esther of her property valued at over N1 million in November 6, this year.

The court did not take their plea.

Property allegedly stolen from Mrs Adewale included a Toyota Camry Pencil Light car, Nokia and Tecno handsets, MTN recharge cards, textbooks and  N88,500 cash.

The Police prosecuting witness, ASP Adejuwon pleaded for an adjournment to enable the Investigative Police Officer, IPO, duplicate the case file and forward it to the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for legal advice.

But Chief Magistrate Oluwabukola Kuye was not disposed to the attempt by counsel to the fourth and fifth accused persons, V. Amire and Oluwayomi Ojo to process bail for their clients.

Kuye said the court had no jurisdiction to grant such application.

However, seeing the futility in asking for bail, the counsel to the first, second and third accused persons made no bail application.

The Presiding chief magistrate, therefore, ordered all the accused persons to be remanded in the Olokuta Prison pending when legal advice would be received from the DPP.

He adjourned the case to January 21

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