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Landlord’s son, herbalist remanded over tenant’s murder

By Ayodele Popoola

For the alleged murder of a 40-year-old woman, Mrs. Grace Omoniyi, an Akure Chief Magistrate Court has ordered the remand of a 28-year-old man, Fatai Bakare, and an herbalist, Emmanuel Omogbehin, at the Olokuta Correctional Centre, Akure.

Chief Magistrate Musa Al-Yunus who did not take  the pleas of the defendant ordered their remand as there were probably causes to do so.

The Hope Metro gathered that Bakare, who was an internet fraudster lured and gruesomely killed the victim, who was his father’s tenant for ritual.

The police had earlier charged the defendants whose addresses were not provided, with conspiracy and murder.

The prosecutor, Inspector Nelson Akintimehin, said the defendant committed the offence on December 8, 2023, at about 8.30 pm at Molasuru Street Ore, in the Ondo State Magisterial District.

Adetimehin alleged that defendants and others at large conspired to kill Grace Omoniyi, by hitting her with a plank on her head which led to her death.

The charges read in part,” That you, Fatai Bakare ‘m’, Emmanuel Omogbehin ‘m’, and others now at large on December 8, 2023, at about 8.30 pm at Molasuru Street, Ore in the Ondo State Magisterial District, did conspire to commit felony to wit: murder.

“That you, Fatai Bakare ‘m’ and others at large on the same date, time, and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did unlawfully hit Grace Onminiyi ‘F’, aged 40 years, with a plank on her head which resulted in her death.”

The offences, according to the charge, contravene Sections 316, 324 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

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The pleas of the defendants were not taken.

Akintimehin urged the court to remand the defendants at the Olokuta Correctional Centre pending advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP).

Chief Magistrate Al-Yunus granted the prayer and ordered that the defendant be remanded to the Olokuta Correctional Centre till when the DPP will issue the advice.

Al-Yunus adjourned the case till April 8, 2024, for the DPP’s advice.

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