A 44 year old man has been remanded in prison on the orders of an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Monday for alleged murder charge of his father over a piece of land.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accused is facing a one-count of culpable homicide.
The Prosecutor, Inspector Rhoda Kayode, told the court that the case was transferred from the Divisional Police Headquarters in Iloffa to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in Ilorin on February 4.
Kayode said that on February 2, one Oluwarotimi Ajiboye of Idofin Igbana, Kwara, reported the case at the Divisional Police Headquarters at Iloffa that one Ajamu Abolaji, 80, of Odo-Ilowu compound, Idofin Igbana, was missing.
She said that the missing man had gone to inspect his farm on February 1 and did not return.
“A search party raised by the community later found the decomposing body of Ajamu in the bush on the outskirts of Idofin Igbana village.
“The body had the left eye removed, tongue cut off and the left hand cut from the elbow downward.
“The wife of the deceased, Mrs Deborah Abolaji, 68, suspected the accused, their biological son, to be responsible for the death of the victim.
“Upon this suspicion, the accused was arrested and during investigation, it was revealed that there was a disaffection between the deceased and his son over farmland which led to the accused threatening to kill his two parents,” she said.
She said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 221 of the Penal Code Law.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Bamidele Bukola, ordered the remand of the accused in prison and adjourned the case till February 26 for further mention.
MFM Pastor, Three Children Arriagn By Police For Death Of Retires Deputy Superintendent of Police
For their alleged involvement in the death of a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, Joseph Idehen, the police have arraigned a pastor with the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry, Taiwo Idehen, and her three children.
Taiwo and her children, Samuel, Michael and Ruth, were arraigned by the Force Criminal and Intelligence Department on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, stealing, use of false documents and forgery.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The police alleged that the defendants committed the offences at the deceased’s residence at No. 5 Odetola Street, off Merit Road, Alagbado, Lagos, on July 4, 2016.
According to the police, Taiwo, who was said to have divorced the deceased over 29 years ago, and her three children, allegedly conspired among themselves to murder the retired senior police officer in suspicious circumstances.
They were also alleged to have forged a death certificate from the Ota General Hospital, Ogun State, which was used in conveying the deceased’s corpse to Aragba in Delta State.
It was gathered that Michael allegedly withdrew the sum of N286,000 from the deceased’s account domiciled in First Bank of Nigeria Limited, while all the defendants were accused of fraudulently withdrawing the sum of N2.1m from Joseph’s account domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc.
According to the police prosecutor, Morufu Animashaun, the offences are contrary to sections 233, 365 (3) (d), 366 and 287 (5) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
Animashaun told the court that the defendants’ arrest was predicated on a petition dated August 2016, written to the police by the Chambers of Milestone Partners, wherein the alleged role played by each of the defendants in the death of the retired police officer was stated.
He added that upon receiving the petition, the defendants were invited for interrogation and they all wrote confessional statements.
In view of their not guilty plea, Animashaun urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending the conclusion of the matter.
The defendants’ lawyer, Kennedy Osunwa, told the court that he had filed his clients’ bail applications, which had been served on the prosecutor.
Following the applications of the defendants’ lawyer, the presiding judge, Justice Adedayo Akintoye, adjourned the matter till January 25, 2019, for the hearing of their bail application.
She also ordered that all the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and determination of their bail applications.
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