Court remands seven men over alleged arson, murder over Shasha crisis in Ibadan

NEWS DIGEST – A Magistrate Court sitting at Iyaganku in Ibadan, on Thursday ordered that seven men be remanded in Abolongo Correctional facility in Oyo for alleged arson and murder during the Shasha marker crisis.

The police charged Tajudeen Oladunni, 50; Saburi Lawal, 37; Ojo Joshua, 25; Adekunle Olanrewaju, 38; Olagunju James, 24; Rasaq Yahya, 32 and Olaide Olawuyi, 20, with six counts bordering on conspiracy, arson and murder.

Magistrate I.O. Osho rejected the plea of the suspects.

She ordered the police to return the case file to the Office of the Oyo State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

Osho adjourned the matter until May 11, for mention, NAN reports.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Insp Foluke Oladosu, told the court that the suspects conspired with others, at large, to commit the offence.

Oladosu said, on February 12, at about 10 am, at Shasha market, Ibadan, that the suspects caused the death of Adeola Shakirudeen when they beat him up.

The police also alleged that the suspects caused the death of 31 others.

The prosecution also alleged that the suspects set fire on two houses belonging to Chief Adelabu Ibrahim and caused N50 million worth of damage.

The police also alleged that the suspects also burnt down a house belonging to Osuolale Akindele and destroyed property worth N20 million.

The offence, the police said, contravened the provisions of sections 6 and 316 and punishable under sections 443 and 319 and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State 2000.