Monday, 1 February 2016

An Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos
State, has ordered the remand of the Chairman of
Meiran branch of the National Union of Road
Transport Workers, Mr. Wasiu Onibudo, for alleged
murder.
The Chief Magistrate, A.F.O. Botoku, who gave the
order on Friday, said the defendant should be
remanded pending legal advice from the
Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
The police prosecutors, Mr. Godwn Osuyi of the
State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba,
and the resident prosecutor, Daniel Ighodalo, had
filed an application for Onibudo’s remand.
Osuyi had informed the court that the accused was
alleged to have conspired with others now at large
to kill one Taiwo Ogunlaja, by stabbing him to
death.
He said the accused committed the offence during
an NURTW’s meeting on December 3, 2015, at the
union’s headquarters on the Lagos-Abeokuta
Expressway, Ile-Epo, Lagos.
While urging the court to remand Onibudo, Osuyi
said the police’s remand application was supported
with a 10-paragraph affidavit, deposed to by one
Inspector Bartholomew Ali of the Inspector-
General of Police Monitoring Unit, Abuja.
Attached with the charge sheet was also a petition
written to the police by the plenary solicitors, the
deceased photograph, medical certificate of cause
of the death and a statement of a witness, Ahmed
Balogun.
He said his application was brought pursuant to
Section 264 of the Administration of Criminal
Justice Law of Lagos State, 2011.
But the lawyer to the accused, Spurgeon Ataene,
prayed the court to reject the police’s remand
application by considering Section 264 (1)(2)(3)(4)
(5)(9) and (10) of the ACJLL, 2011.
The section, he said, gave the magistrate power to
look into the circumstances surrounding the
accused person’s action, which would determine if
the remand application filed against him would be
granted or not.
“I urge this court that after looking into the
circumstances and not being satisfied, my client
should be admitted to bail in liberal terms,” he
added.
But the Chief Magistrate, Botoku, dismissed the
objection raised by Ataene and ordered that the
accused be remanded in prison custody for the
first 30 days, pending when the DPP would issue
an advice on the matter.
She asked the police to duplicate the case file and
forward same to the DPP for advice.
The matter was adjourned till February 29, 2016.

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