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Motorcyclist kills man, buries corpse in shallow grave

By Ayodele Popoola.

A 36-year-old motorcyclist, Blessing Akinmade has been arrested by the operatives of the Ondo State Police command for allegedly killing a 71-year-old farmer, Toyo Olanipekun on his farm.

The suspect was alleged to have also buried the corpse in a shallow grave.

The incident happened on June 6, 2024, at Igbobini, Ese-Odo local government during a  dispute between Igbobini and Irele over a piece of land

The Hope Metro gathered that the deceased was killed while working on his farm.

It was learnt that  a search for the deceased began when he did not return from the farm and his corpse was eventually discovered in a shallow grave behind a primary school in the area.

The corpse was said to have had machete cuts  which led to the arrest of the suspect .

Upon Akinmade’s arrest, the police had on Tuesday arraigned the suspect before an Akure Magistrate Court sitting at Oke-Eda over alleged murder.

Akinmade was brought to court on two-count charge bothering on conspiracy and murder.

The police prosecutor, Abdulateef Sulaiman told the court that the defendant and others at large committed the offense on June 24, 2024, at about 9 am at Igbobini.

The Prosecutor told the court that Akinmade unlawfully killed  71-year-old man, Toyo Olanipekun, and buried him in a shallow grave.

The offences, according to the charge contravened Sections 324, 316, 319 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 7, Volume 1 laws of Ondo State, 2026.

The plea of the man was not taken.

Sulaiman prayed the court to remand the defendant through an application, at the correctional centre pending the issuance of advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP.

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The defense counsel, H. Orisatimehin sought an adjournment to enable his client to react to the application sought by the prosecution.

The Magistrate, Temilola Olusola-Olujobi, adjourned the case till   July 8, 2024 for the parties to move their applications.

Olusola-Olujobi, ordered the defendant to be remanded at any police station pending the date.

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