2 Persons Died At Abduction Of Iba Town Traditional Ruler, Witness Tells Court
The third prosecution witness, Sergeant Ademo Rahim, in the ongoing trial of four men arraigned by the Lagos State government for the abduction of the traditional ruler of Iba Town, Oba Goriola Oseni, told the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere that two persons died during the incident.
Rahim, who is the investigating police officer in charge of the case, also told the court that in the course of his investigation, he discovered that the Security guard at the Palace one Sunday Okanlawon was shot in the head, but that he could ascertain how the Motorcycle rider Joseph Okeke died.
The defendants in the case: Duba Furejo, Ododomo Isaiah, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh were arraigned by the state government on an eight count charge of conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, robbery, armed robbery , felony and kidnapping.
The defendants, who allegedly carried out the crime on July 16, 2016 at the palace of the monarch, were 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.
They pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The witness, while being led in evidence by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mrs Idowu Alakija claimed that two deceased persons were murdered by the defendants during the alleged kidnap of the Oba.
Rahim further informed the trial judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, that when he got to the scene of the crime he saw pool of blood at two different posts, one at the Palace entrance gate and the other at the Security post of the Palace.
He said that when he visited the crime scene the next day on July 17, 2016, the place was deserted as there was nobody to attend to him.
The witness said he visited the crime scene after the Monarch’ son Kazeem Oseni reported a case of kidnap, murder and armed robbery, the DPO and the DCO assigned the case to him.
Rahim “Before I got there the deceased bodies had been taken to Badagry General Hospital Mortuary. It was the local police at Iba Town that removed the bodies and deposited it at the mortuary. He said.
During cross examination by the first and second defendants lawyer Chief Selowei Baidi, Rahim who claimed that he has been in the Nigerian Police Force for 13 years, said that he took the family members of the deceased persons to the Badagry Mortuary to identify the bodies, after they asked the DPO to release the bodies for burial.
He also said that he followed the deceased persons family to Lagos State University Hospital LASUTH, for the postmortem and the pathologist issued death certificate to the families of the deceased persons.
At the last adjourned date Oba Goriola Oseni and his son prince Kazeem Oseni, who were the first and second prosecution witnesses in the case, had told the court that his family paid the sum of N15.1millon in two instalments to the monarch’s abductors.
Justice Taiwo had adjourned the case to December 16, for continuation of trial.
The defendants, according to the charge also robbed Abosede of her mobile phone while armed with guns.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections 233, 230, 299, 297 (2) (b) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State C17, Vol 3 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.