Arson: Court remands four suspects.
By Kayode Olabanji
An Akure Magistrate Court sitting in Oke-Eda, has ordered the remand of four other persons at Olokuta Correctional Service Centre over alleged murder, arson, malicious damage and stealing at Sotitobire Church in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
It will be recalled that few weeks ago, fourteen suspects were remanded in connection with the crime.
With additional four today, the total number has increased to eighteen suspects at Olokuta Correctional Service Centre, over similar offences.
The defendants, are facing 6 counts charge of felony, conspiracy , murder, arson and stealing.
They are; Yusuf Owa, 27, Adebayo Adeyemi, 22, Adeleye, Omowumi, 28, and Adu Babatunde, 27.
According to the charge, they were said to have committed the offence in December 18, 2019, at about 9:45am at Sotitobire church, Oshinle, Akure, in the Akure Magisterial District.
The alleged offences were said to be contrary to section 383 and punishable under sections 324, 516,319(1), 443(a), 451 and 390(a).
According to the prosecution, the defendants allegedly killed one Sergeant Sheidu Ocheopo (m), by smashing him to death with a tyre rim and stones at Sotitobire Church, Oshinle, while performing his lawful duty.
They were also alleged of setting ablaze Sotitobire Church Oshinle and Ajipowo branches, including Police Hilux patrol vehicle, AK47 rifle with breach No, 4777 and some vehicles belonging to individuals valued at N2 million.
Other items that were set ablaze, according to the charge were; Toyota Siena, Range rover Jeep, Toyota venza, Toyota Camry and Lexus car valued at N250 million, belonging to Alfa Babatunde Olumoyo.
Also some church items; like rug, amplifier, fans, and other valuables in the church, valued at N600,000, were said to have been stolen.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Uloh Goodluck, informed the court of his intention to move a motion on notice for the remands of the defendants at Olokuta, Correctional Service Centre.
Counsel representing the first defendant, Mr. M.O Ojo, and counsel to third and forth defendants, Mr. Afe Felix, opposed the moving of the motion, and drew the attention of the court to the fact that the motion before it was just served in the court, and that they needed some time to file their counter affidavit.
Counsel representing the second defendant, Mr. John Olowookere, did not oppose the prosecutor, moving his motion for remand.
Magistrate Charity Adeyanju, ordered that the defendants be kept at Olokuta Correctional Service Centre, pending when the prosecutor will move the motion on notice for the remand of the defendants.
She adjourned the case till January 20.
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