Sasa Market Crisis: Court Remands Seven Suspects Over Arson, Murder

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IBADAN – An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Thursday ordered that seven suspects be remanded in Ab­olongo Correctional facility in Oyo, for alleged arson and murder during the Shasha market crisis.

The police charged Taju­deen Oladunni, 50; Saburi Lawal, 37; Ojo Joshua, 25; Adekunle Olanrewaju, 38; Olagunju James, 24; Rasaq Ya­hya, 32 and Olaide Olawuyi, 20, with six counts bordering on conspiracy, arson and murder.

Magistrate I.O. Osho, did not take the plea of the sus­pects for want of jurisdiction.

She ordered the police to return the case file to the Of­fice of the Oyo State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Foluke Oladosu, told the court that the sus­pects conspired with others, at large, to commit the offence.

Ms Oladosu said on Feb­ruary 12, at about 10 a.m., at Shasha Market, Ibadan, the suspects caused the death of Adeola Shakirudeen, when they beat him up.

The police also alleged that the suspects caused the death of 31 others.

The prosecution also al­leged that the suspects set fire on two houses, belonging to Adelabu Ibrahim and caused N50 million damage.

The police also alleged that the suspects also burnt down a house belonging to Osuolale Akindele and destroyed prop­erty worth N20 million.

The offence, the police said, contravened the provisions of Sections 6, and 316 and pun­ishable under Sections 443 and 319 and 516 of the Crim­inal Code Cap 38 Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State 2000.

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