By AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – AN Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court has granted the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) leave to remand in custody, 17 suspects held in connection with the killing of the Managing Director of Lekki Worldwide, Tajudeen Disu.
He died from injuries he sustained when gunmen attacked him during a peace mission to one of the communities in the Free Trade Zone area in Ibeju Lekki.
In her ruling on an application by the prosecuting Counsel seeking the leave of the Court to remand the suspects in custody of the Police pending further investigation, Magistrate Folashade Botoku said she reached the decision after listening to the arguments of both the prosecuting and the defence counsels.
I quite agree with the defence on the issue of jurisdiction of this court to hear a case of murder against the suspects brought before this Court,” she said.
The magistrate however said what was brought before her was not a charge but an application to remand the suspects in custody to enable the police to conduct thorough investigation.
She said Section 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice 2011 (Sections 1 and 2) empowered the court to entertain such an application.
Some sections however did not empower the court to grant the suspects bail since it lacked jurisdiction to hear murder case.
The prosecution further argued that Section 27 of the Magistrate Court Law 2009 empower the police to present before a magistrate court within a reasonable time person(s) arrested for murder.
He further argued that the court in its wisdom has the jurisdiction to grant the police an order to remand such suspects in custody for a minimum of 30 days.
The suspects have been named as Dele Ajayi, Alhaji Tajudeen Jegede, Saidi Akanni, Oyelade Taiwo, Sunday Bulus, Abiola Ogunsanwo, Okunaya Stephen; Taiwo Gafar, Agunrege Banji, Gafaru Ahmed; Moses Okoro, Talabi Quadri, Ipaye Oriyomi, Quadri Yusuf and Tunde Yusuf.
They have been remanded in police custody for a period of 30 days pending further investigation.
Disu was murdered on Monday during a peace mission to one of the villages in the Ibeju Lekki area.
– CAJ News