UNILORIN Student Rape Case Court Orders Arrest Of Defence Counsel, Ilorin high court trying eight persons accused of raping, killing and stealing from a 24-year-old University of Ilorin student.
Ilorin high court trying eight persons accused of raping, killing and stealing from a 24-year-old University of Ilorin student, Olajide Blessing Omowumi, has ordered the arrest of a defence counsel to one of the accused persons, Mr Sikiru Solagberu, for alleged indiscipline.
Solagberu, through his secretary Yemisi Ademola, had served the court his intent to withdraw from the case with a letter delivered to the court on Wednesday.
The presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Yusuf, during the Wednesday court proceeding, also issued a bench warrant for Solagberu, who is the counsel for the seventh defendant (Daud Bashir Adebayo), charged with aiding, abetting and receiving stolen items.
Justice Ibrahim Yusuf frowned at the comments of the counsel in his interview to journalists after Tuesday’s sitting, saying that his comments were a sign of indiscipline.
“I hereby order security agents to effect the arrest of the counsel and bring him before this court to come and give reasons why he should not be punished.”
Barr. Solagberu, had while reacting to the court rejected the bail application of his client, said that, “The constitution gives room for suspects even if capital offence to be granted bail and thus it isn’t novel.
“However, because of sentiments attached to the case, usually people would not want to hear you filing an application for bail.”
The suspects; Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Moses Oluwatimileyin (aka Jacklord), Oyeyemi Timileyin Omogbolahan, Abdulkarim Shuaib (aka Easy), Kareem Oshioyemi Rasheed (Rashworld), Abdullateef Abdulrahman, Daud Bashir Adebayo (aka Bashman) and Akande Taiye Oladoja were brought to court for alleged rape, murder and armed robbery.
The first three suspects are standing trial for the alleged rape and murder of one Olajide Blessing Omowumi, a student of UNILORIN in their Tanke, Ilorin residence early last month.
The other five including Dauda Bashir Adebayo (aka Bashman) were charged with receiving proceeds of robbery items.
The trio were said to have “conspired to rape one Olajide Gloria Blessing Omowumi also known as Wumi” (now deceased) while armed with offensive weapons including a black wooden pistol gun1, towel, rope, leather belts and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Law, Kwara state.”
At yesterday’s proceeding, Prosecution Counsel, who is also the state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Salman Jawondo told the court that he received a letter from Mr Solagberu (counsel to the seventh) defendant indicating his withdrawal from the case.
He added that with the development the case could not continue, adding though, that his team had lined up seven witnesses for the day.
Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned till Monday, July 12, 2021, for the continuation of the hearing.
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