Oba Yishau Goriola Oseni, the Oniba of Iba, is one of the witnesses listed by the Lagos State Government as the trial of his alleged kidnappers begins Monday.
According to a government statement, the kidnap suspects, namely Duba Furejo, Ododomo Isaiah, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos High Court, in Igbosere, on an eight-count charge of conspiracy to murder, murder, armed robbery and Kidnapping.
Aside the kidnaping of the first-class ruler last July, the kidnappers also allegedly murdered a palace guard, named Sunday Eniola Okanlawon, and a commercial motorcycle rider, Joseph Okeke.
“They were also said to have attempted to kill the monarch’s wife, Olori Abosede Oseni while making efforts to dispossess her of her property at gun point”, the statement said.
Adeniji Kazeem, Lagos attorney-general and commissioner of justice, led the prosecution. The defendants – the first, second and fourth accused – were represented by Seliowei Baidi, while the third accused was represented by J.0 Eguaroje.
In a brief ruling, Justice Taiwo, ordered a prison remand of the suspects, while adjourning the matter to November 4, 11 and 18, 2016 for trial.
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