Abuja - 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
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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