A Chief Magistrate Court, in Ebute-Meta, Lagos State has instructed that the Chairman of Meiran branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Mr. Wasiu Onibudo, be remanded in prison for alleged murder.
The order of remand was given to the accused by the Chief Magistrate, A.F.O. Botoku, on Friday, January 30, as he said the defendant should be remanded pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
The Punch Newspaper reports that the police prosecutors, Mr. Godwn Osuyi of the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, and the resident prosecutor, Daniel Ighodalo, had filed an application for Onibudo’s remand.
The prosecutor had informed the court that the accused was alleged to have conspired with others – now Wanted – to kill one Taiwo Ogunlaja, by stabbing him to death.
According to him, the offence was committed by the defendant during NURTW’s meeting on December 3, 2015, at the union’s headquarters on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Ile-Epo, Lagos.
While urging the court to remand Onibudo, Osuyi said the police’s remand application was supported with a 10-paragraph affidavit, deposed to by one Inspector Bartholomew Ali of the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit, Abuja.
However, the counsel to the accused, Spurgeon Ataene, prayed the court to reject the police’s remand application by considering Section 264 (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(9) and (10) of the ACJLL, 2011.
The Chief Magistrate, Botoku, dismissed the objection raised by Ataene and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody for the first 30 days, pending when the DPP would issue an advice on the matter.
The trial has been adjourned till February 29, 2016.