Ife Crisis: monarch, pastor, others remanded in prison for alleged conspiracy, armed robbery, murder of 46

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[Osun]–An Osogbo High Court, Osun State presided over by Justice Kudirat Akano has remanded a monarch, pastor and four others in prison for alleged murder of forty-six persons among other offences in the Ile-Ife crisis.

The monarch, Oba Ademola Ademiluyi, Pst. Taiwo Fakowajo, Daniel Olarewaju, Eluwole, Akeem and  Jimoh Sakiru were alleged on fourteen count charge for conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, arson and destruction of properties.

The prosecutor, Barr. Simeon Lough addressed Justice Kudirat Akano that the six accused person are in court and ask the court to read the charge to them.

The prosecutor said they were fourteen accused persons but other eight accused persons are at large.

However, the request of the prosecutor was questioned by the Justice and the prosecutor later resolved that only the six should appear on the charge pending when the arrest of others will be made.

The court clerk read the charge to the six accused person in English language and Yoruba language.

The 14 charges preferred against them boarded on conspiracy to commit murder which contravene section 324 of the criminal code cap 34. Vol II Laws of Osun State.

The charge also accused the six accused person of murder of 46 people by shooting guns, strangulate some while inflicting some with machete and broken bottles which lead to their death  which was said it is  contray to 316(1) and punishable under section 319(1)  of the Criminal Code Cap 34. Vol II laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

Among other charges that was preferred against them was armed robbery, inflict injuries on 92 people and arson.

The six accused person pleaded not guilty to the 14 count charge preferred against them.

Barr. Muritala  Agboola who is the Counsel to all the six accused persons applied for the oral bail application of his client.

He said ” They are presumed innocent of the offences by the virtue of section 118 of the criminal procedure law we are seeking the relief of the court to apply for their bail orally”.

Justice Kudirat Akano in her ruling rejected the oral bail application by the defence counsel and said the six accused persons should be remanded in prison till 14th day of June 2017 when the formal application of the bail will be made.

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