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Wakili: 3 OPC Members Charged With Arson, Murder

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…As Gani Adams Kicks

By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan

Three members of the Oodua Peoples Congress  (OPC) have been remanded in a correctional centre by an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ court sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday for alleged arson.

The three men who are: Awodele Adedigba, 45;  Dauda Kazeem, 38, and Hassan Ramon, 33, were charged by the Police on three counts of conspiracy, murder and arson.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Olaide Hamzat, who did not take the plea of the suspects, for want in jurisdiction ordered that they should be remanded in Abolongo Correctional facility, Oyo town.

Hamzat ordered the police to return the case file to the office of the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advise.

He adjourned the matter till April 21, for mention.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Insp Opeyemi Olagunju told the court that the suspects on March 7,  at about 8 a.m. at Kajola village, Ayete, allegedly caused the death of a 45-year-old woman.

He said that Awodele, Dauda and Hassan allegedly set fire to the house of the Ibarapa “warlord” Abdullahi Wakili,  valued at  N5 million.

The offence, he said,  contravened the provisions of sections 316, 324, 443 and 516 of the Criminal Code of  Oyo State 2000.

Meanwhile,  the  Aare Ona Kakanfo  Oyo Yorubaland,  Iba Gani Adams has kicked against the decision of the court calling on all sons and daughters to rise up against injustice in the land.

At the Pan Yoruba  Congress held on Wednesday, the factional leader of OPC said happenings in Ibarapa and Yoruba land in general calls for a reawakening of the Yoruba race.

Recall that another Iyaganku Chief Magistrate Court had on Tuesday ordered the remand Wakili in a correctional facility.

The police had charged Wakili, 70, alongside his sons, Abu, 45; and Samaila, 27; as well as Aliyu Manu, 20; before Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Idowu, on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, kidnapping and armed robbery.

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