13 suspects docked over murder of Kwara traditional ruler


The traditional ruler, Oba Olusegun Aremu-Cole, who was the Olukoro of Koro-Ekiti in the Ekiti Local Government Area (LGA) of Kwara, was murdered in his palace on Thursday night.

By Afusat Agunbiade-Oladipo

Thirteen suspects alleged to be involved in the murder of a traditional ruler in Kwara State, Oba Olusegun Aremu, and the kidnap of his wife and one other person were arraigned in court on Wednesday by the police.

The 13 defendants were arraigned on a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, kidnapping and giving false information over the murder of Oba Aremu who is the Olukoro of Koro community in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The suspects arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Ilorin were identified as Godwin Jacob, Olowofela Oyebanji, Adefalolu Ayodele, Tewasie Francis, Babatunde Samuel, Godwin Joseph, Issa Number and Miracle Solomon,

Others are Abraham Kehinde, Muhammed Bello, Muhammed Muhammed, Ahmadu Umaru and Muhammed Dankai.

The Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that one Simon Adeyemi reported the case of the murder of Olukoro to the Eruku Police Division.

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“The suspects pointed a gun at Oba Aremu, ordering him to follow them when he challenged them, after noticing their movement around his grandson.

It also stated that the Oba’s grandson escaped through the backdoor, while the suspects proceeded to kill the royal father, kidnapped his wife and one Mercy.

The Police Prosecutor, Abdullah Sanni, told the court about the motion exparte attached to the police report, urging the court to remand the suspects.

In a ruling, Magistrate Monisola Kamson ordered that the suspects be remanded at the Federal Correctional Centre.

Kamson adjourned the matter to March 5 for further mention.


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