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Court remands five in prison over alleged murder of UNIOSUN student

By Nofisat Marindoti, The Nigerian Voice, Osogbo

An Osun State High Court presided by Justice Kudirat Akano has ordered that the five suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Timileyin Olufemi Sonibare, a four hundred level, microbiology student of Osun State University, UNIOSUN, be remanded in prison custody.

The suspects who had also been arraigned before a Magistrate Court were charged with three counts charge of conspiracy, murder and misconduct with corpse which are contrary to section 516, 319, 242 and punishable under section 319(1) of Criminal Code Cap 34, Laws of Osun State, 2002.

The accused persons, Abdurafiu Zakariyah, Yusuf Kareem, Aruba Ibrahim, Ishaq Yusuf and Abdulkareem Adeoti were alleged to have killed Sonibare for purposes of money rituals on the 26th of June 2017, at Jafariyah Avenue, Oke-Bale Area in Osogbo.

The deceased head and right hand were cut and burnt inside a pot which was caught with the first suspect, Zakariyah.

When paraded by the police, the first suspect had confessed that he carried out the act together with one yahayah who is still at large and with the second and third suspects.

Zakariyah also confessed that the account book for the procedure of money rituals was gotten from the 5th suspect, Adeoti.

However, on further investigation, the pot used in burning the deceased body parts was recovered from the house of the 4th suspect, Yusuf.

Speaking in court today, the counsels for the accused persons, Barrister Badmus Kazeem and Barrister Abayomi Alayoku prayed the court for the bail of their clients in the most liberal terms.

Justice Kudirat, however remanded the accused persons in prison custody and adjourned the case till the 15th of December, 2017.

She also ordered that the counsels come by way of written bail application on the adjourned date.


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