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Court remands man who set family ablaze

Court remands man who set family ablaze

By Bamidele Kolawole
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The premises of the Akure Magistrates’ Courts, on Friday turned to a mini Mecca, when men of the Ondo State Police Command arraigned the 45-year-old jilted lover, who set a family ablaze, killing eight members in Igbodigo, Okitipupa Local Government area of the state.

At about 8.00am, the police whisked the accused, Williams Deji Adenuga, into the court premises in a van under tight security, as a mammoth crowd tried to catch glimpses of him.

Adenuga, who claimed to own a car wash centre, was putting on T.shirt, a short knicker and slippers. But he never wore a sober look, while being docked.

The prosecution had alleged that he killed eight people by setting ablaze the house of one Mrs Esther Ojulari Iwatan, on April 23, 2019 at about 2.00am at Adetuwo street, Igbodigo in Okitipupa Magisterial District.

The accused was alleged to have set the room of late Alade Glory ablaze, thereby causing the death of the following people that slept inside the room; Glory Alade, 43, Mercy Alade, 7, Joy Alade, 10, Iromidayo Alade, 2, and Ayomide Alade, 2.

Other people killed by the accused were Johnson Alade, 4, Adesewa Alade, 5, Sojaro Iwalewa, while he caused bodily harm on his estranged girlfriend, Titilayo Sanumi.

According to the prosecution, the offence contravened sections 443, 316, and 335 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

When the court asked the accused what offence the deceased persons committed, he told the court that he never wanted to kill them, but that he only wanted to burn their properties, so that they could come to him and be submissive because he claimed to have spent all what he had on them to survive.

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The plea of the accused person who was not represented by any lawyer was not taken when the charge was read to him.

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Adebayo Suleiman, prayed the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending the advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Victoria Bob-Manuel, held that it is a case of multiple murder which the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain.

Consequently, she ordered the remand of the accused person in Olokuta prison custody pending the legal advice from the DPP’s office and adjourned the case till July 10, 2019, for review

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