• Thu. Jul 7th, 2022


Nineteen-year-old Mariam Adesewa and Mukaila Raji, 60, yesterday appeared alongside four others before an Osun State Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for alleged membership of an unlawful society and murder of two persons in Ede.

The other suspects whose names are given as Kasali Serifu, Alabi Sefiu, Nureni Tirimisiyu and Taiwo Kareem,were also accused of being members of a secret society, Known as Apete-Isagba cult.

The suspects were arraigned before Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara on 13 counts bordering on conspiracy, armed robbery, murder, cultism and malicious damage.

Newsnaija learnt that the prosecutor, Elisa Olusegun, said Serifu, Sefiu, Tirimisiyu, Kareem and Raji shot dead one Omoniyi Olukunle and Tajudeen Lukman at different times in Ede.

He added that the accused also attempted to kill Surajudeen Kareem and Yinusa Sherif when they shot at them.

Olusegun also said five of the accused dispossessed Olukunle of his Bajaj motorcycle and the sum of N5,000 before they killed him.

Mariam was alleged to also be a member of the Apete-Isagba group.

The offences were said to be contrary to and punishable under Section 324 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

However the plead of the accused was taken for malicious damage and membership of a cult group, while the court declined taking their  plead for murder and armed robbery.

Okobe Nagite and Kehinde Adepoju announced appearances for the accused and applied for their bail.

Ruling on the application, Ayilara said the counsel should file a formal bail application.

The magistrate remanded the six accused persons in the Ilesha Correctional Centre and adjourned the matter till July 8, 2020.

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