Court remands suspected killers of Fatinoyes, accomplice in prison

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An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court sitting in Isabo, on Wednesday, remanded the suspected killers of Mr and Mrs Kehinde Fatinoye and their only son.

The defendants are: Lekan Adekanbi, 27; Ahmed Odetola, 29; Waheed Adeniyi, 23; Temitope Fadairo, 26; Adenike Adekanbi, 50 and Anuoluwapo Owolaja, 25.

The defendants are facing an 11-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, murder, felony, arson, setting property ablaze, stealing and escape from lawful authority, amongst others.

The Police Counsel, Miss Oluwatosin Jackson, who moved a motion ex-parte pursuant to Section 306 of Administration of Criminal Justice Laws of Ogun State, prayed for an order of the court to remand the defendants.

Jackson prayed the court to remand the defendants for 60 days, in the first instance, at Oba Correctional Centre, pending legal advice from the office of the state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

She said that the suspected killers, Adekanbi, Odetola and Adeniyi, committed the offences on Jan. 1, at about 1:30 a.m. at Ibara Housing Estate in Abeokuta.

He counsel said that the defendants conspired among themselves and killed Mr Kehinde Fatinoye, 57, by piecing his neck with a knife and Mrs Bukola Fatinoye, 50, by hitting a hammer on her head.

Jackson further stated that the defendants also killed the only surviving child of the couple, Oreoluwa, 26, by pushing him into Ogun river, which led to his death.

She explained that they also stole six phones, valued at N1.5 million and one Hyundai car, valued at N12 million from the couple at gun point and later set the couple and their house ablaze.

The counsel noted that Fadairo, Adekanbi, Owolabi and Usman Azeez conspired among themselves to commit felony, to wit: accessory after the fact of murder.

She said that Fadairo and Adekanbi assisted Lekan Adekanbi in relocating and hiding him at Akinbade area of Obantoko area in Abeokuta by preventing the police from arresting him.

The counsel also said that Azeez and Owolaja conspired among themselves to buy the deceased’s car stolen from their compound.

According to her, the offences contravene Sections 316, 319(1), 516, 443 and 324 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun State, 2006 and Section 1(2)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. Rll, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The Chief Magistrate II, Mrs Esther Idowu, ordered that the defendants Adekanbi, Odetola, Adeniyi, Owolaja and Azeez be remanded in Oba correctional centre.

She also ordered the remand of Fadairo and Adenike Adekanbi in Ibara Correctional Centre for 60 days, pending legal advice from the office of the state Director of Public prosecution (DPP).

She, thereafter, adjourned the case till April 17 for mention.

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