By Ola Ajayi
IBADANâ€”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 were yesterday arraigned in an Ibadan Magistrate Court on a six count charge of murder and felony.
The accused were arrested two weeks ago in connection with alleged murder of Muyiwa Akintunde and Folarin Ilorin in front of the residence of the former vice chairman of the union, Mr. Lateef Salako penultimate week.
Tokyo who looked emaciated told newsmen that his arrest and detention was politically motivated.
He said, â€œI want to tell you that I knew nothing about this problem they arrested me for. My hands are clean and I want to say that it is political persecutionâ€.
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.
Other accused persons arraigned and charged with murder and felony included Kasim Adelumiyi, Rasheed Oladele, Taiwo Olapade and Musa Adeleke.
They were also accused of conspiring and attempting to kill one 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.
Counsel to the accused persons, Barrister Adeleke Bakare, opposed the arraignment of his client before a magistrate court, adding that his arraignment was a ploy by the police to keep him in detention.
He pleaded with the court to relocate the accused from the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) meant for armed robbers, noting that their continued detention could jeopardize further investigations.