[Osun]–An Osogbo High court, Osun State has commenced the trial of six suspects of Ife communal clash that claimed lives and properties.
The suspects; Oba Ademola Ademiluyi, Pastor Taiwo Fakuwajo, Akeem Eluwole , Bamidele Elurisanmi, Jimoh Sakiru and Daniel Olanrewaju had earlier been arraign on 14 count charge before Justice Kudirat on 28th of April 2017 for murder,arson, armed robbery and conspiracy.
The security within and outside the court premises was heighten as 9 monarchs and other relatives of the accused where all present in court to witness the trial.
During proceeding the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Simon Lough said his ready to continue the trail as he produce 4 Hausa witnesses.
He said, “I brought four witnesses to court today and they are ready to give testimony in Hausa language and I prayed the court to provide interpreter”
Simon called the first witness named Mallami Nasri to give his testimony in before the court in Hausa language.
The defense counsel, Mr. Muritala oppose the prayer of the prosecutor.
He said “The first witness that is been called upon gave his statement in English and documented it in English language according to the document provided. I don’t see a reason why the prosecutor will now claim his witness did not understand English”.
During the testimony of Mallami Nasri he said he can identify three accused persons which were, Oba Ademola Ademiluyi, Pastor Taiwo Fakuwajo and Akeem Eluwole.
Mallami giving evidence in Hausa language said ” When the crisis started I saw both Oba Ademola and Akeem Elujobi beating some Hausa Children over the allegation of Akeem’s wife of messing up her frontage, I tried to intervene but Oba Ademola threatened to beat me if I do so. I went to police station to report which some police officer followed me to the scene. Immediately Oba Ademola and his goons saw the police they all ran away.
“The following day during the clash I saw Pastor Fakowajo shot and killed one Salmon Mohammad in my presence and some of the people that attack were putting on mask.
“I lost 8.7million Naira to the clash that claimed many lives.”
Justice Kudirat in her ruling adjourn the case till 15th of 2017 for further hearing.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg