By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
For allegedly killing a 35-year-old man, Ayoade Fasesan and possessing his body parts, an Osun State Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo has ordered the remand of six persons at Ilesa Correctional centre.
The accused persons are: Ifaseun Afolabi (40), Ifadare Afolabi (38), Badmus Shakiru (29), Adeleke Kabiru (38), Oloyede Maruf (39) and Oseni Mukaila (32).
The Police prosecutor, AJohn Idoko, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)informed the court that Ifaseun and Ifadare, and others now at large, conspired and murdered Fasesan on May 24, 2021 at about 9:30pm in Ikirun, Osun State.
Idoko said that the duo and four other defendants conspired at the same time and place and tampered with the corpse of Fasesan by cutting his head and other parts into pieces.
He explained that the six defendants unlawfully had in their possession human parts.
According to him, the defendants committed offences contrary to and punishable under Sections 324, 319(1), 517, 242 and 329A of the Criminal Code, Cap 34 Vol II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.
The third to sixth defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges charge while the plea of the first and second accused persons were not taken.
The Defence counsels for Shakiru, Kabiru, Maruf,and Mukaila, Chief A. O. Olodo, Taiwo Awokunle and Olugbenga Awoyemi applied for their bail and argued that their offences were bailable. Barrister K. A. Adepoju, appeared for Ifaseun and Ifadare.
The Police prosecutor opposed their bail applications on the ground that killings and other crimes were rampant in the state and that the punishments the offences carry would force the defendants to escape if granted bail.
Magistrate O. A. Daramola ordered that all the accused persons be remanded in Ilesa correctional centre pending their re-arraignment at Ikirun Magistrate’s Court on August 18.
Daramola also ordered the prosecution to forward the case file of Ifaseun and Ifadare to the Department of Public Prosecution for legal advice.