Ilaro Crisis: Court Remand 3 for Murder

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Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

Magistrate (Mrs) Fafowora of the Ilaro Chief Magistrate court today ordered that the trio of Fatai Lamidi, Muyideen Salaudeen and Oyeyemi Semiu be remanded in prison custody over the death of one, Olufemi Amosun who was killed in Ilaro last week.

Olufemi Amosun, 21, was killed during a crisis that occurred in Ilaro on 20 October 2014 during the governor’s assessment tour of Yewa South local government area of the state.

It would be recalled that supporters of two senatorial aspirants from the area engaged themselves in a free for all fight, where dangerous weapons were freely used during the governor’s tour and the victim was allegedly shot while several others were severely injured.

The charge sheet obtained by PM News with charge number, M/O/156C/2014, the suspects were arraigned on six count charge bothering on murder, illegal possession of firearms and conspiracy, amongst others.

The state Police Command had arrested seven suspects in connection with the crisis on the day while firearms including four pump action, charms and other dangerous weapons were also recovered from them.

According to the charge sheet, the suspects committed offences contrary to and punishable under Sections 324, 319(1), 516(1), 88(1)(a) and 63 of Criminal Code Law of Ogun state, 2006.

On the alleged illegal possession of firearms, the prosecution also said the suspects committed offence contrary to and punishable under Section 28(1)(C) of firearms Act Cap R11 Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The count charges read, “That you Fatai Lamidi ‘m’ and Muyideen Salaudeen ‘m’, with others still at large, on 20th October, 2014 at about 1400hrs at Empire Field premises Ilaro, in the aforementioned Magisterial district did unlawfully kill one Olufemi Amosun ‘m’ aged 21 by shooting him to death with gun, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun state of Nigeria, 2006.

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“That you Fatai Lamidi ‘m’, Muyideen Salaudeen ‘m’, Oyeyemi Semiu ‘m’, with others still at large, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District did have in your possession without license or lawful permit, ‘4’ four pump action guns and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 5(3) and punishable
under Section 28(1)(c) of the firearms Act Cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“That you Fatai Lamidi ‘m’, Muyideen Salaudeen ‘m’, Oyeyemi Semiu ‘m’, and others still at large, on or before October 2014 within Ilaro and its environs in the aforementioned Magisterial District did belong to proscribed society to wit; Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 63 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.”

Meanwhile, the Association of Ohori Baales in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State has petitioned the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle to assist them in getting justice in the matter.

In a letter, copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, written by the Association on behalf of the deceased family to the Paramount ruler dated 24th of October, 2014 and signed by four leaders of the family, it was alleged that one Fatai, popularly known as Ode (Hunter) was responsible for the shooting.

The family further alleged that the suspect and his cohorts stood somewhere close to Empire ground where the governor was addressing people and were pursuing people with guns.

“While running, we saw one Honda Accord (grey colour), with registration number AAA 360 CY coming and one man later known to be Fatai (Ode) stretched out his body from the car holding a gun and started shooting, which resulted in the death of our son, (Oluwafemi Sunday Amosun).

“As this happened, we ran after the vehicle with some vigilante towards Egbo road and got him. When, the man who shot our son realised he had been identified and was about to be lynched. He also gave us the telephone number of the person he alleged to have sent them.

“We handed the man and his partner to the police with the gun he used to kill our son. We also recovered other guns and ammunition in the car. Please our Oba, we want you to use your position to assist us get justice,” the petition read in part.

The matter was subsequently adjourned till 16 November 2014 as the court refused to take the accussed plea due to the nature of the case.

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