Court Sends 7 Suspected Land Grabbers To Prison for Attempted Murder, Threat To Life


A Chief Magistrate’s Court, in Sagamu, Ogun State, yesterday, ordered the remand of seven suspected land grabbers, in prison custody, for an alleged attempt to kill members of Isoso Village, in Shagamu Remo, Ogun State.

Those ordered to be remanded in prison custody by Magistrate O. F. Adeduntan (Mrs) who presided over the court are:
Adeyeye Taofeek, 30 Olayinka Adeoti Akin, 49, Akeem Aklnyeml Olamide, 33, Jamiu Kolawole, 42, lsah Kolowole, 22, Saheed Allnson, 32, Kolawole ldowu Tijani, 42

Magistrate Adeduntan made the remand order on Thursday, while granting a motion exparte marked MSH/348WC/2018, filed and argued before the court by the prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun.

In urging the court to remand all the suspects pending the issuance of a legal advice by the State’s Director of the Public Prosecution (DPP), on the allegations against them, Animashaun told the court the the motion exparte for their remand is pursuant to section 306 of Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Ogun State, and under the Inherent jurisdiction of the court.

He also told the court that the motion exparte is attached with an 11 paragraph-affidavit, deposed to by Inspector Idoka Nwadiogor of Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja, with several exhibits which includes the suspects’ statements, complainants’ statements, petition from the lawyer to the complainants, photographs of the victims during the alleged attack on the community, and copy of charge against the respondents.

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In the affidavit, the deponent stated that the IGP Monitoring Unit, Abuja, led by Mr. Abu Sanni, a Commissioner of Police, on August 3, 2018, received from Bayo Omoniyi and Co., a lawyer to the Isoso Village, Shagamu, relating to how the suspects in concert with one Kazeem Teriba, had variously invaded their community with guns, axes, cutlasses and inflicting diverse degree of injuries, damaged their properties, as well stationed fierce looking armed thugs to keep vigil in and around the town.

The deponent also averred that investigating the petition, it was discovered that the respondents attacked and shot the complainants with guns and that in the course of investigation, one locally made gun, two short axes and four cutlasses were recovered

He also stated that upon conclusion of the investigation, the respondents were found culpable of the allegations and that there is a prima facie case of conspiracy, attempted murder, unlawful possession of firearms, threatening violence and conduct likely to cause breach of public peace. The offences which are contrary to and punishable under sections 516, 320(1), 249(d) of the criminal laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006, and Section 4 and punishable under section 28(1)(b) of the Firearms Act Cap F 28 Law of the Federation of Nigeria. 2004.

Magistrate Adeduntan, upon listened to Animashaun’s submission, granted the application and ordered that all the suspect be remanded in prison custody till December 31, for report on DPP’s advice on the matter

After granting the motion exparte, the magistrate ordered that the charge be read to the suspected land grabbers, but declined to take the plea on the grant that her lacks jurisdiction over the charges against them, she therefore while adjourned till January 4, 2019, for further hearing on the charges.

Count one of the charges against the suspected land grabbers read: “That you Adeyeye Taofeek, Olayinka Adeoti Akin, Akeem Akinyemi Olamide, Jamiu Kolawole, Isah Kolawole, Saheed Alinson, Kolawole Idowu and others at large on or about 7th July, 2014 at Isoso Village, Shagamu, Ogun State, in the Shagamu Magisterial District did conspire amongst yourselves to commit a felony to wit: Attempted Murder and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Law of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.

Count two reads: “That you Adeyeye Taofeek, Olayinka, Adeotl, Akeem Akinyemi, Jamiu Kolawole, Isah Kolawole, Saheed Alinson, Kolawole ldowu, and others at large, on the same date, time and place In the aforementioned magisterial district, attempted to unlawfully kill one Chief Olatunjl Balogun ‘m‘ and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 320 (1) of the Criminal Law of Ogun State, 2006.

Count three reads: “That you Adeyeye Taofeek Olaylnka Adeoti, Akeem Akinyemi, Jamlu Kolawole, Isah Kolawole, Saheed Alinson, Kolawole Idowu, and others at large, on the same data, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, unlawfully had in your possession or under your control in contravention of Fire Arms Act, one locally made gun with two (2) live cartridges and thereby committed an offence Contrary to Section 4 and punishable under section 28(1)(b) of the Firearms Act Cap F 28 Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

And the fourth count reads: “That you Adeyeye Taofeek, Olaylnka Adeoti, Akeem Akinyeml, Jamiu Kolawole, lsah Kolawole, Saheed Alinson, Kolawole Idowu and others at large, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, conducted yourselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by invading lsoso Village with dreaded hoodlums to cause breach of peace in o public place and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 249(d)of the Criminal Law of Ogun State 2006.

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