An Akure Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday, ordered that 13 individuals ought to be remanded on the Olokuta Correctional Middle for his or her alleged involvement within the killing of a policeman, in addition to the razing of Sotitobire Miracle Centre.
The accused individuals, who appeared earlier than Magistrate Charity Adeyanju, have been arraigned on a six-count charge of murder, arson, theft, and vandalism.
On December 18, 2019, some indignant youths attacked the church which belongs to Prophet Alfa Babatunde who was alleged of being behind the mysterious disappearance of a one-year-old child, Gold Kolawole.
The enraged youth, in the course of the assault, burnt down the church in addition to the autos of church members after which they proceeded to the Prophet’s residence the place they allegedly looted valuables. Two folks died within the fracas.
Addressing the courtroom, the Police Prosecutor, ASP Moses Adeosun prayed that the defendants be remanded on the Olokuta Correctional Centre pending the continued investigation into the matter.
The charge sheet read in part, “That you Udeme Eyo ‘m’, Ikechukwu Njoku ‘m’, Ayodimeji Jimoh ‘m’, Bamisaye Ojo ‘m’, Balogun Ayomide ‘m’, ‘Steve Adekunle ‘m’, Agbi Sesan ‘m’, Stephen Omotosho ‘m’, Omogbolahan James ‘m’, Ademola Aderibigbe ‘m’, Oluwadare Rotimi, ‘m’, Ayo Ifedayo ‘m’, Samuel Shitu and others at large, on 18/12/2019, at about 9.45 am, Sotitobire church, Oshinle, Akure, in the Ondo State Magisterial District, did conspire together to commit felony to wit: murder, arson, malicious damage and stealing and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 324 & 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol.1, LAWS of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006 respectively.
“That you simply Udeme Eyo ‘m’, Ikechukwu Njoku ‘m’, Ayo dimeji Jiomoh ‘m’, Bamisaye Samson Ojo ‘m’, Balogun Ayorinde ‘m’, Steve Adekunle ‘m’, Agbi Sesan ‘m’, Stephen Omotosho ‘m’, Omogbolahan James ‘m’, Ademola Aderibigbe ‘m’, Oluwadare Rotimi ‘m’, Ayo Ifedayo ‘m’, Samuel Shitu and others at giant, on identical date, time dedicated the offence Within the aforementioned Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill Sgt Sheidu by smashing him to dying with tyre ream and stones at Sotitobire church, Oshinle, Akure whereas performing his lawful obligation and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to and punishable below part 319(1) of Prison Code, Cap 37, Vol.1 Legal guidelines of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.”
Following the arguments of the prosecutor and the Defence Counsel, the defendants have been subsequently remanded with the trial adjourned until January 3, 2020.
The Counsel to the Defendants, Femi Saliu who had argued on the necessity for his purchasers to be granted bail, informed newsmen after the courtroom sitting that the prosecution had numerous defects.
He pressured that “n order for them to place their home so as, they needed to come again one other day with the application to remand them because the Magistrate Court lacks jurisdiction to prosecute the offences charged. I believe for their very own security, wanting on the circumstances, they have been remanded in jail custody.”
On Monday, Prophet Alfa, the discovered of Sotitobire Miracle Centre was remanded on the Olokuta Correctional Centre, alongside six of his members for his or her alleged involvement in the disappearance of baby Gold.