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Court remands 2 suspects over murder of Oshodi NURTW chairman

Two men, Ayuba Balogun and Evans Adamson, who were alleged to have killed the chairman of Oshodi branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Olayinka Mamora, popularly known as Mamok, have been remanded in prison custody by an Igbosere Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos, pending the time the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) will issue legal advice on the allegations of murder and illegal possession of firearms leveled against them by the police.

The court presided over by Mr. B. I. Bakare, gave the remand order while granting an application filed and argued before the court by Mr. Morufu Animashaun, the legal officer of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (ForceCIID) Annex, Alagbon, Lagos.

In urging the court for the remand order of the two suspects, Animashaun told the court that the application was brought pursuant to sections 264 (1) (2)(3) (4) and 6 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) of Lagos State 2015  and Section 35 (c) of the 1999 Nigerian constitution as amended.

The prosecuting counsel informed the court that there is probable cause to order the remand of Ayuba and Evans and others still at large in prison custody, because they were reasonably suspected to have committed the offence of conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and murder of the deceased.

The Force CID’s legal officer also reminded the court that the grounds for the remand request is that investigation of the suspects/defendants had been concluded and that they were arrested after being found culpable of conspiracy, unlawful possession of fire arms and murder of Late NURTW chief.

He also told the court that the remand request was needed to avoid a breach of the suspects’ constitutional right to liberty.

Animashaun prayed the court that the remand application is supported by an affidavit of 12 paragraphs, deposed to by Inspector Abideen Sanni Adewale, one of the investigators that investigated and arrested the two suspects/defendants.

He therefore urged the court to remand the two men in prison custody, pending the issuance of legal advice on the matter by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Magistrate Bakare, after listening to the submissions made by Animashaun, ordered that the two suspects/defendants be remanded in prison custody till December 2, for the DPP to issue a legal advice on the allegations against them.

In an affidavit in support of the application deposed to by one Inspector Adewale, attached to IGP Monitoring Unit, ForceCID Headquarters, Abuja, stated that he was among the investigators assigned to investigate alleged cases of conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms, murder and murder of one Mr. Olayinka A. Mamora, reported to the Inspector-General of Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja, which was referee for discrete investigation.

The Inspector stated that on 30th of September, 2015, at about 19.30 hours,  the defendants and others now at large, mobilized themselves and stormed a barbing saloon along Mashaku Street, Oshodi, Lagos, where they shut and killed Mr. Olayinka Mamora.

He added that the defendants were suspected to have conspired with others who are now at large to murder Olayinka Mamora with a gun and left him in a pool of blood.

The deponent stated that the crime committed by the suspects/defendants is felonious and against the State, adding that three pump action gums and 10 cartridges were recovered from thedefendants/suspects’ hideout at Mowe/Ibafo, Ogun State and registered as exhibits.

He therefore urged the court to grant the remand application against the defendants, pending the Director of Public Prosecution’s legal advice.