Monarch, 11 Others In Court Over Murder Of Hotelier

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At least twelve men, including a traditional ruler, Chief Nojeem Abioye, have been remanded in prison custody by an Igbosere Magistrates Court, pending legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, over the murder of an alleged gay hotelier (names withheld).

The other defendants who were arraigned alongside the traditional ruler and his son are Adeola Ogungbade, 37; Ogundare Ogunsanya, 63; Olanlerewaju Ololade, 62, and Bello Lasisi, 60.

Others are Ajani Kasali, 54; Oyedele Musiliu, 64; Jonathan Sanyaolu, 68; Taoreed Bakare, 61; Olaidi Albert, 66 and Wahab Abioye, 38.

The defendants were arraigned by the police before the court over the death of the hotelier, who was suspected to be an informant of the police and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The defendants, were arraigned on five counts charge bordering on conspiracy, rioting, malicious damage, arson and murder, preferred against them by the police.

courtThe prosecutor, J. I. Enang, told the court that the late hotelier was murdered during a riot on July 20 at Alagbado area of Lagos State.

He said that Abioye, the Baale of Temidire Alagbado, allegedly spearheaded the protest that caused the death of the hotelier and one Ganiyu Adebayo, said to be son of a landlord at Alagbado.

Enang stated that the riot started shortly after a meeting of landlords and community leaders at Alagbado, who were aggrieved by the hotelier’s alleged land grabbing activities in the area.

The prosecutor further stated that the unrest started when the hotelier’s thugs engaged some youths in the area in a fight shortly after the elders’ meeting on July 20.

He further alleged that the defendants unlawfully caused the death of the hotelier by shooting him with a gun and also attacking him with other dangerous weapons.

According to the prosecutor, the offences are punishable under Section 221, 45(2) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Ajayi, subsequently, ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending the DPP’s advice.

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