Lagos - An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates'
Court in Lagos State on Tuesday ordered the remand in Ikoyi Prisons of an
alleged cult-member charged with the murder of Femi Egbekunle and Saliu Maja-
during a street-fight.
The accused, Gbenga Shodiya, whose address was not disclosed
, is facing a three-count charge bordering on murder and unlawful killing
before Magistrate O.O.A. Fowowe-Erusiafe.
Fowowe-Erusiafe ordered that the accused be remanded at the
Ikoyi Prisons for 30 days pending the receipt of legal advice from the Director
of Public Prosecutions (DPPs).
She also directed the prosecutor to duplicate the case file
to be forwarded to the DPPs for legal advice saying the court lacked the
jurisdiction to prosecute murder cases.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. G. Agoi, had told the court
that the accused committed the offences on Feb. 14, at about 9.30 p.m., at
Itire-Road Junction, Mushin, a suburb of Lagos.
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Agoi told the court that the accused had killed one Femi
Egbekunle by shooting him in his chest and one Saliu Maja who was shot in the
"The accused left his base at Idi-Araba in Mushin and went
to Pako Junction also in Mushin and started shooting sporadically killing two
people in the process,’’ he said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 221 and 231
of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 221
prescribes life imprisonment for offenders while Section 231 stipulates a
prison term of 14 years.
The plea of the accused was not taken by the court.
Fowowe-Erusiafe then adjourned the case to Sept. 9.