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Naval Officer’s death: Court remands suspects

By Bamidele Kolawole &Ayodele Popoola

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Two out of the three students who allegedly killed  a Naval Officer, Samson Ayomide Akingbagbohun in Idoani, have been remanded at Olokuta Correctional Centre by an Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The first defendant, Ayomide Sambo Ayomide, 20 and the second defendant, Johnson Adeleke, 20, were ordered to be remanded  pending the issuance of advice by the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

At the proceeding on Thursday, the  Chief Magistrate, Musa Al-Yunus, said there are probable causes to remand the two suspects.

The Court, however, admitted the third defendant, Francis Shagari,  to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Recall the police on July 4, had earlier arraigned the trio; Sambo, Adeleke and Shagari for conspiracy and murder.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Nelson Akintimehin, told the court that the defendants and others at large committed the offences on June 26, 2023, at about 7:40pm at Idoani in the Ondo State Magisterial District.

Akintimehin alleged that the defendants killed Akingbagbohun, aged 25, by hitting him with iron rod, planks and stone on his head, chest and testicle.

The offences, he said, contravened Sections 319, 316, 342, the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1, Laws of the Ondo State Nigeria 2006.

However, the plea of the defendants were not taken.

He urged the court to remand the defendants in Olokuta Correctional Centre to enable him forward their case file to the DPP

But the defendants’ counsel, Tolulope Adebiyi, prayed the court to grant her clients’ bail.

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Adebiyi noted that the third defendant,17 year-old Shagari is under age, submitting that  he should not be tried in adult court.

She also told the court that the second defendant, Sambo, is a sickle cell patient and thereafter prayed the court to grant him bail, else he would not have access to medical care if remanded.

Chief Magistrate Al-Yunus adjourned the case till August 1, for mention.

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