Court orders Ekiti APC chairman’s arrest

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ijero Ekiti has issued an arrest warrant against the state’s Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Jide Awe, Faboro John Ojo, Aniramu Basiru and Falayi Busuyi.

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They are wanted for their alleged involvement in the murder of Mr Ayo Jeje and Mrs Juliana Adewumi in Erinjiyan Ekiti on March 30, 2013.

According to a statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, Justice E. B. Omotoso, who granted the order also ordered the police to bring the people to court 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 of Ekiti State to compel the appearances of the accused person before the court.

The judge was quoted as saying, “Consequently, I hereby invoke the provisions of Section 94 of the Ekiti State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 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.

“Consequently, this matter is hereby adjourned till 5th of October, 2016 for hearing.”

Reacting, 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 will be complied with strictly.”

Ajayi had in a July 8 petition to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris,
decried the refusal of the police to arrest the accused persons despite several requests.

He said it was worrisome that the police that released them on bail failed to re-arrest them when the trial of the case was expected to commence.

Copies of the petition were sent to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN); National Human Rights Commission and the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, James Etop.

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