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NURTW Chair, Wasiu Onibudo in Prison Over Murder Case


An Ebute-metta Chief Magistrate's Court, Lagos, has ordered the remand of the chairman of Meran branch of National Union of Road Transport Worker, NURTW, Mr. Wasiu Onibudo, 62, in prisons custody over alleged offences of conspiracy and murder.

The Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Afolashade Botoku, made the remand order on Friday, following an application for remand filed and argued before the court by the police prosecutors, Mr. Godwin O. Osuyi and Daniel Ighodalo, of the Legal department of Lagos state Police Command, Panti-Yaba.

Osuyi informed the court that the application was filed pursuant to section 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice of Lagos state, 2011.

He informed the court that the accused was alleged to have conspired with others now at large and killed on Taiwo Ogunlaja, by stabbing him severally on the body.

He further informed the court that the accused committed the offence during a NURTW's meeting held on December 3, 2015, the Union's headquarters situated at 365, Abeokuta Expressway, Abule-egba, Lagos.

In urging the Court to remand the accused, the prosecutor informed the court that the remand application is supported with a 10-paragraph-affidavit deposed to by Inspector Bartholomew Ali of IGP Monitoring Unit, Abuja, and attached with a charge sheet; a petition written to the police by Plenary Solicitors; the deceased photograph; medical certificate of cause of the death and a statement of a witness, named Ahmed Balogun.

He therefore urged the court to remand the accused pending when the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, will issue an advice on the matter.

But lawyer to the accused, Mr. Spourgeon Ataene, urged the court to discontinuance the police's remand application by considering Section 264 (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(9) and (10) of ACJ of Lagos state, 2011.

The Section he claimed gave the magistrate power to looking into the capable cause of accused person's action, which he said would determine if  the remand application was filed against the accused is to be granted or not. He therefore urged the court to discontinuance the remand application and admit bail to his client pending an advice from the office of DPP.

However, Chief Magistrate Afolashade Botoku while dismissing the objection raised by Spourgeon, ordered that the accused be remanded in prisons custody for the first 30 days, pending when DPP will issue an advice on the matter.

The Chief Magistrate also ordered the police to duplicate the case file and forward it to DPP for advice.

The matter has been adjourned till February 29.

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