Court grants bail to monarch, pastor, other suspects in the Ile-Ife crisis case

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[Osogbo]–Justice Kudirat Akano of Osogbo High Court, Osogbo has granted bail to the six suspects in connection with Ile-Ife clash that claimed 46 lives.

The bail application of the six suspects; Oba Ademola Ademiluyi, Pastor Taiwo Fakuajo, Akeem Eluwole , Bamidele Elurisanmi, Jimoh Sakiru and Daniel Olanrewaju was argued by the defense counsel, Mr. Wole Olawoyin and the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Simon Lough on Wednesday.

Justice Kudirat Akano in her ruling on Friday said, “the main objective or function of bail is to ensure the presence of the accused persons in court during trial, bail to accused during trial particularly capital offense are based on grace. Ordinarily granting bail rest solely on the discretion of the court especially on the discretion of the judge.

“Bail is hereby granted to each of the applicant with N5million each, two sureties, to swear to an affidavit of means. One surety must be one an Oba  or a level 14 officer resident in Osun State and other surety must be a blood relation of the applicant.

“I hereby adjourned the case to July 13th, 2017 for further trial,” she declared.

The court which had commenced trial on Wednesday had taken 2 Hausa witnesses; Mallami Nasri, Abubarka Mutari and a Police Investigator in monitoring unit of Inspector General of Police, DSP Akinlabi Ogundile.

Before the bail was granted on friday DSP Akinlabi was led in evidence by Prosecuting counsel, Mr Simon Lough he said ” I sighted 100 house and shops burnt during the clash, I saw 13 burnt vehicles and 6 motorcycle while myself and team also saw 46 dead people. We took the body of the 46 to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife”.

“I called pathologist, Dr. Olufemi Ojo and two other doctor to conduct autopsy on the corps after that we buried the corps.”

He explained to the court that some incriminating materials were recovered from the accused persons. Some items like; a green wheel barrow, 3 axes, a knife, sawing machine and 4 motorcycle.

He further said “During my findings I find out that the first accused person, Oba Ademola started and ended the clash but he claimed he traveled to Lagos during the clash”.

The witness, DSP Akinlabi tender green wheel barrow, 3 axes, a knife, sawing machine and 4 motorcycle and three a standing fan while the court rejected the photography of the 46 corps because of failure of the witness to produce the serial number of the document.




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