8 Family Memebers, One Other Remanded In Prison Over Alleged Murder

You may not be wrong if you call them a family of criminals, but a suspect can only be confirmed guilty by a court of law.

This is what an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos will be trying to do as nine people including eight family members were arranged before it for 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 ruled that the accused persons 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 prison till October 20 pending advice from the office of the DPP,” she said.

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 Satellite area of Lagos. He alleged that the men shot and killed one Olajuwon Olawepo over land dispute.

“The accused also 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 however 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.

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