Defendants Absent In Court As Osun Files Fresh Charges Against Masquerade Custodians Over Clash With Muslims


    By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

    Justice Ayo Oyebiyi of the Osun State High Court has adjourned the murder case filed by the state against the leader of the masquerade worshippers, Chief Kayode Esuleke, his son, and two others.

    The court, on Thursday, adjourned the case till September 14, 2021 because of the absence of the masqueraders in court.

    It would be recalled that on June 27, masquerade worshippers in Osogbo allegedly attacked Kamorudeen Central Mosque, located at Oluode Aranyin during an organised prayer for the nation where Moshood Salawudeen was killed and 14 others injured.

    The chief Imam of the mosque, Kareem Yunus, and three others, Salawu Jimoh, Alarape Sulaimon and Raimi Saheed,  were arraigned for assault while the custodians of the masquerade, Chief Esuleke,  his son, Fashola Esuleke, Adeosun Kola and Idowu Hakeem were arraigned for unlawful vandalization of the mosque and a Toyota Camry.

    The magistrate court granted all the defendants bail.

    In a fresh suit, the state prosecution department, however, filed a murder case against the masqueraders.

    The counsel for the traditional worshipers, Chief Abimbola Ige, on Thursday told the court that the defendants were not properly served and promised to present them at the next adjournment date.

    He said that Chief Esuleke was sick but had been discharged from the hospital while the three others were not in the state.

    The state prosecutor, Moses Faremi who said he was not aware of Chief Esuleke’s illness prayed the court to grant the adjournment.

    Justice Oyebiyi then adjourned the case till September 14, 2021 for arraignment.



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