Alleged murder: Court issues arrest warrant on Ekiti APC chairman, others

A High Court in Ijero Ekiti, Ekiti State, has issued arrest warrant on the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mr Jide Awe and three others, namely Faboro John Ojo, Aniramu Basiru and Falayi Busuyi.

They were declared wanted for their alleged involvement in the murder of two persons; Mr Ayo Jeje and Mrs Juliana Adewumi, in Erinjiyan-Ekiti, on March 30, 2013.

The APC chairman and five others are facing trial in charge No: HIJ/1c/2015.

Justice E. B. Omotoso of the Ijero-Ekiti High Court, who granted the order on July 25, said Awe and the three other accused persons must be brought to court by the police on October 5.

The warrant of arrest, dated July 27, 2016, was issued based on the prayer of counsel for the Ekiti State government, Yakubu Dauda, who asked the court to invoke Section 94 of the Ekiti State Administration of Criminal Justice Law to compel the appearances of the accused persons before the court.

“Consequently, this matter is hereby adjourned till October 5, 2016 for hearing,” the judge ruled.

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Owoseni Ajayi, said “the court order will be served on the police with immediate effect, hoping that it would be complied with strictly.”

It will be recalled that Ajayi had, in a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, dated July 8, 2016 and copied to the Attorney General of the Federation, National Human Rights Commission and the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, decried the refusal of the police to arrest the accused persons despite several requests.