Yemisi Ajayi , Ibadan
A magistrate court sitting in Ibadan has ruled that the six suspects who allegedly robbed and murdered the Commandant of the Command Day Secondary School, Owode, Apata Ibadan, Colonel Ekok Anthony Okey, on December 11, 2016, be remanded in custody.
The suspects who were yesterday arraigned before the Omi Adio Magistrate’s Court 6 located within the Iyaganku Chief Magistrate’s Court, Ibadan, were charged on a three count offences but later ruled to be remanded in the Agodi Prison custody.
The suspects, whose pleas were however not taken by the court include: Solomon Agada Emmanuel (20), Taiwo Adeniyi
(33), Bibisoye Kehinde a.k.a. Efrebor (26), Ewere Andrew (25), Udobata Orusa-Uzi, a.k.a. Kaka (28) and Ephraim Obi (38).
According to the charge sheet marked MDD/18c/2017, the three count charges pressed against the accused persons by the Prosecutor, Inspector Fashola Musliu, borders on conspiracy, robbery and murder of the late Commandant.
The first count had it that the suspects “on December 11, 2016 at about 10.00 p.m at the Command Day Secondary
School, Owode, Apata in the Magisterial District did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: robbery and murder, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000”.
The second count read that the accused persons on the same date and same place robbed the deceased and dispossessed him of his Samsung X4, value unknown “and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 401 and punishable under Section 402 (1) of the criminal code cap 38vol.11 laws of Oyo state of Nigeria 2000”.
In the third count, the accused persons “did unlawfully caused the death of one Colonel Ekok Anthony Okey (Male, 52) by throwing him from a storey building onto the floor which led to his death, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 31f and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 38,
Vol.11 Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000”.
After reading the charges to the hearing of the accused persons, Magistrate R.A. Ebeloku Mustapha, said “the court will be waiting for the advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution for further hearing on the case.
“However, the accused persons should be remanded in the Agodi Prison”.
The matter was therefore adjourned till March 28 for mention, pending the advice from the DPP.