21st May, 2012
Three suspected members of a faction that has terrorised the Mushin area of Lagos state have been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court for the alleged murder of Wasiu Ajose.
The three suspects, Muritala Akanbi 32, Seun Kukoyi a.k.a. West 27 and Dare Odeyemi a.k.a. Ere 40, were arrested by men of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, after being on the run since 2010 for allegedly killing Ajose, a member of another faction and thereafter setting him ablaze following a bloody battle for the control of the area.
They were arraigned before an Igbosere magistrate’s court on a number of counts including conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearms.
The police alleged in their investigation that the accused on 26 June, 2010, reportedly kidnapped the late Ajose in Mushin and took him to Kayode Bus Stop, Idiaraba, Mushin, shot him dead and set him ablaze and thereafter escaped.
The police alleged that the action of the three suspects was a fallout of the battle for supremacy among the factions for the control of Mushin and its motor parks which has been on since 2009.
Following a complaint lodged by the family of the victim at the FSARS, Lagos, that the accused persons had killed their son, a team of security men led by Inspector Banjoko Oluwamimo started searching for them since 2010.
Nemesis however caught up with the members of the gang when the operatives received a tip off about their hide out in Mushin and during the raid, some of the gang members escaped while three accused were arrested.
During interrogation, they allegedly confessed to the crime, and led the police to their armoury.
Items the police said they recovered included two automatic pump action gun with serial number 211 and 104, one smoke pistol with serial number 112293, one double barrel long gun with serial number 13742, one damaged pump action, one single barrel gun, 29 live catridges, one police AK 47 rifle magazine, 10 Kz live ammunitions, one small iron box rifle care kit and one military face cap.
In their confessional statement to the police, all the accused persons allegedly said the arms and ammunition were procured for them by prominent leaders in the state to fight for them in the supremacy tussle to control Mushin.
The offences committed by the accused persons according to the prosecutor, ASP Femi Oloruntoba, contravenes Sections 231 and 221 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011 and Section 27 (b), (1) of the firearms Act laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The plea of the accused persons was not taken.
The prosecutor presented before the court an application for the remand of the accused persons in prison under section 264 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice of Lagos State 2011 pending the receipt of legal advice from the State Directorate of Public Prosecution to try the matter at the high court.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. M.O. Ope Agbe, ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending SDPP’s advice.