Community Head, 3 Others Remanded Over Alleged Attempted Murder
An Ado-Odo Otta Chief Magistrate Court, Ogun State, has ordered the remand of a community head, Baale Ayo Aderounmu and three others, in the facility of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), for 60 days, over attempted murder.
Those ordered to be remanded by presiding Magistrate, Mr. I. O. Olayinka, alongside the 80 years old Baale, are; Rahman Agbojo, 68; Otunba Kehinde Adeosu, 63 and Chief Muyideen Irewolede, 60
The remand of the four men, was sequel to the granting of an exparte motion brought before the court by the men of Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID) Annex, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos and argued by Barrister Morufu Animashaun.
In urging the court to grant the motion exparte and affidavit in support, deposed to by one Inspector Adegbeye Olanrewaju, the police counsel, Animashaun, said the application was pursuant to 36(7) Constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 as amended and Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Law of Ogun State, 2017, and under the Court’s inherent jurisdiction.
He also told the court that the remand order sought for against the four men, is to subsist till the issuance of a legal advice by the State’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and their possible prosecution over alleged attempted murder, unlawful invasion, threat to life and malicious damage.
In the affidavit in support of the motion deposed to by Inspector Adegbeye Olanrewaju, attached to Special Enquiry Bureau (Administration) Force CID, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos that his team received a petition dated October 13, 2020, from one Akanbi Faari of lshoga Quaters, Ado-Odo Otta, Ogun Stute relating to how the four men in concert with others now at large, conspired to commit a felonies to wit: Attempted Murder, Malicious Damage To Properties, Threat to life and Violent Securing of Landed property at Ado Odo Otta, of Ogun Slate.
The IPO averred that in the course of investigation, it was discovered that on March 2, 2020, at ldiorogbo Village Near ltiri, Elemoki Owode in Ado Odo Ota‚Ogun State, the four men criminally Invaded the complainant Farmland in a commando style with armed thugs and unlawfully attempted killing one Segun Meya with his family members attacked and machetes him to coma as a result of which his eyes were brutally injured to near blindness, while the four men were trying to forcefully takeover his farmland.
He stated further that as the result of the attacked on Mr. Segun Meya, the operatives at Ado Odo Police Station based on the distress call received from the complainant family, rescue the victim at the ‘locus in quo’ and rushed him to the State Hospital Ota, Ogun State to save his life. He added that the medical report dated November, 30, 2020, from Dr D. O Kusimo revealed that the complainant (Segun Meya) was attacked by about 20 people on March 20, 2020, resulting in bruises all the body and brutally injured his left eye.
The deponent also stated that further revealed that that complainant was seriously attacked and his farmland destroyed and willful damage to their block Industry respectively.
He averred that there is prima facie case of Conspiracy, Attempted Murder, Malicious Damage and Forceful takeover of farmland with violence have been established against the respondents. And that I have preferred charge against the Respondent for on offence of Conspiracy to commit a felonies to wit: Attempted Murder, Malicious Damage and Forceful takeover of Farmland. Adding that he has forwarded the duplicate case file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution with Reference No. CB: 3514/X/GI/LEG/SDPP/VOL5/29 dated January 25, 2021,
He stated that the application is to remand the four men in Correctional Service custody pending Legal Advice from the Director of Prosecution, Abeokuta Ministry of Justice, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuto, Ogun State.
Ruling on the application on Monday, Magistrate Olayinka, after listened to the submissions of the police lawyer and the detainees’ legal representatives, ordered that the four men be remanded in the NCoS’ custody for 60 days, till the issuance of legal advice by the State’s DPP.