The four suspects in the robbing and killing of Gideon Aremu, a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, have been remanded in Agodi prison.
The suspects – Ayobami Adedeji, 23; Sodiq Adedeji, 20; Kareem Isiaka, 43; and Adeniran Oladapo, 31, were charged with murder and robbery. They appeared before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan.
The defandants were not allowed to enter their plea, while the Chief Magistrate, Taiwo Oladiran, ordered their remand at Agodi Prisons, as the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case.
Oladiran adjourned the case till September 9 for mention, pending the outcome of the legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
The prosecutor, Corporal James Oriola, had told the court that the four accused persons conspired with others now at large to commit the acts of armed robbery and murder.
Oriola alleged that the crimes were committed on July 1 at about 9:16pm at Alakia area, Ibadan.
He said that three of the accused – Adedeji; his brother, Sodiql and Isiaka – armed with gun, robbed the late Aremu of his Samsung Galaxy Pam cell phone valued at N220,000 and killed him thereafter.
He added that the fourth accused, Oladapo, allegedly received the said stolen phone from Isiaka on July 2 at about 12 noon at Beere, Ibadan.
Oriola alleged that Oladapo was in the know that the cell phone must have been obtained through an act of robbery.
He said the offences contravened Section 316 and punishable under Sections 319 and 324 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
Oriola also said the offences are punishable under Section (1) (2) (a); Sections 5 and 6 of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap RII Vol.14, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.