A High Court in Ekiti has issued an arrest warrant against the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and three others over alleged murder.
The APC chairman, Mr Jide Awe, Faboro John Ojo, Aniramu Basiru and Falayi Busuyi were declared wanted for their alleged involvement in the murder of two persons; Mr Ayo Jeje and Mrs Juliana Adewumi in Erinjiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti state, on March 30, 2013.
The four of them are facing trial in charge No: HIJ/1c/2015.
Justice E. B. Omotoso of the Ijero-Ekiti High Court, ordered that Awe and the three other accused persons must be brought to court by the police on October 5.
The warrant of arrest is dated July 27, 2016, was issued based on the prayer of counsel to the Ekiti state government, Yakubu Dauda, asking the court to invoke Section 94 of the Ekiti state Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Ekiti State to compel the appearances of the accused person before the court.
Dauda said, “Consequently, I hereby invoke the provisions of Section 94 of the Ekiti state Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Ekiti State by ordering that Bench Warrants be issued against the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants to compel their appearances before this court, at the next day of adjournment and subsequently to stand for their trial.”
The judge adjourned the case till October 5, 2016 for hearing.
Mr Owoseni Ajayi, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, said “the court order will be served on the police with immediate effect, hoping that it will be complied with strictly.”
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