Eight family members remanded in prison over murder

Nigerian Prison Service

NIGERIA-IRAN-TRIAL-WEAPONSAn Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday remanded in prison nine people including eight family members over alleged murder of a man over land dispute.

The accused are Latifu Olarinde, 67; Sanni Olarinde, 32; Yusuf Olarinde, 31; Idris Olarinde, 26; Jide Olarinde, 27; Shola Olarinde, 24; Temitope Olarinde, 31; Usman Olarinde, 24; and Samuel Adebisi, 22.

They are facing charges of conspiracy and murder.

The Magistrate, Miss Olanike Olagbende, who gave the ruling, said the accused should be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons for 30 days pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

“I hereby order that the defendants be remanded in till Oct. 20 pending advice from the office of the DPP.”

Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Charles Odii, told the court that the accused committed the offences with others still at large on July 15 at Abule Ado in the Satellite area of Lagos.

He alleged that the men shot and killed one Olajuwon Olawepo over land dispute.

The accused also allegedly opened fire on policemen who were dispatched to the scene to restore order, but luckily they escaped unhurt, he said.

Odii added that Latifu, the oldest among them and self-acclaimed Baale, led the group.

The trial took another dimension when Idris, the 4th accused, told the court that Olawepo was an armed robber.

“The person we shot was an armed robber my lord,” he said.

The offences contravened Sections 221 and 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.