Bye-Election Violence: Ekiti Court orders remand of 3 suspects in custody
By Demola Atobaba,
A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has ordered the three persons standing trial in connection with the political violence that greeted Omuo-Ekiti, the headquarters of Ekiti East Local Government Area of the State to remain in prison custody pending the issuance of legal advice from the State’s Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP.
The three persons arrested during the April 20th 2021, Bye-election into the Ekiti State’s House Assembly in the State were; Adenijo Olusola, Paul Folorunso, and Adebayo Serifat, a female, arrested for the alleged killings in Omuo Ekiti.
The three persons who are currently facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, murder and attempted murder, were on March 2021 ordered by the court to be remanded at the Federal Correctional Centre in Ado-Ekiti.
They were accused of committing an offence of murder of Babatunde Adeleye, Bola Adebisi and a policewoman, Sergnt., Bukola Olawoye; who later died while on hospital bed as a result of gunshot received while the violence last.
The suspects were also accused of attempted murder on another three persons namely; Tosin Adeniyi, Emmanuel Omolola and Dare Akanle
Orient Daily can report that the offences are punishable under Sections 516, 319 (1) and 320 of the Criminal Code Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
Police Prosecutor, Bamikole Olasunkanmi told the court that the delay in the issuance of the legal advice from the DPP has served as a clog in the wheel over the matter.
This is just as the DPP through a counsel, Julius Ajibare, had earlier told the court that the state had taken over the matter and urged the court to grant the application of the prosecution, which was earlier granted on the first day of appearance at the court.
Bamikole prayed the court to adjourn the case pending the release of legal advice from the State’s Ministry of Justice.
The Defense Counsel, Busuyi Ayorinde on his part expressed his support for the adjournment sought by the prosecutor, while explaining that such would enable the court give an accelerated hearing to the matter.
Ayorinde further told Orient Daily that the case is beyond the jurisdiction of a magistrate court, adding that the determination of the legal advice by the DPP would allow them to know if the accused persons have a case to answer or not.
The trial Chief Magistrate, Abdulameed Lawal consequently adjourned the case till August the 2nd 2021 for mention.