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Ekiti Boundary Dispute: Three Murder Suspects Granted Bail


An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has granted bail to three suspects accused of murder during the riot that trailed the boundary dispute between Ayede and Itaji communities in Oye Local Government Area on January 31.

The three suspects: Joshua Akanbi, Abiodun Ogundaisi and Segun Ogundaisi were alleged to have murdered one Seyi Oladipo during the battle between the two communities for the control of Orisunmibare farm settlement.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, Justice Monisola Abodunde admitted the three suspects to bail in the sum of N500, 000 and one surety each.

The application for bail for the accused persons was filed and moved by their counsel, Mr. Sule Longe.

Each of the surety, the judge ruled, must be a community leader, a title holder who must deposit his Certificate of Occupancy (C of O).

She held that the suspects must sign an undertaking to maintain peace throughout the period of the trial stressing that the court will not hesitate to revoke the bail if they cause trouble again.

Justice Abodunde said the court exercised the right to grant them accused bail because of the health condition of the first defendant (Akanbi) who is receiving treatment from the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti on account of multiple injuries sustained during
the communal clash.

Before the ruling was delivered, prosecution counsel, Mr. Adebayo Arogundade, applied to amend the charge filed against the accused persons which was granted by the court.

The accused persons are standing trial on two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.

Arogundade also told the court that of his readiness to call ten witnesses to give evidence in the case and prayed for a short date to assemble the witnesses.

The court adjourned the case to 6th and 7th of November for definite hearing.


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