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Murder: Court Orders Arrest of Ekiti APC Chairman, 3 Other Members



The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ekiti State, Mr Jide Awe, and three other members of the party might face murder trial on the death of two members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ayo Jeje and Juliana Adewumi In Erinjiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti State, on March 30, 2013.

A High Court in Ijero Ekiti, has issued arrest warrant against Awe and three other APC members; Faboro John Ojo, Aniramu Basiru and Falayi Busuyi for their alleged involvement in the killing of the PDP members.

Awe and five others are currently facing trial in Charge No: HIJ/1c/2015 before the High Court.

The Presiding Judge of the Ijero-Ekiti High Court, Justice E. B. Omotoso of the, issued arresr warrant against the APC chairman and others following the application of the Ekiti State Government counsel, Mr Yakubu Dauda.

Dauda had 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.

Justice Omotoso granted the warrant of arrest dated July 27, 2016, on Monday, stating that Awe and the three other accused persons must be brought to court by the police on October 5, 2015.

His ruling: “Consequently, I hereby invoke the provisions of Section 94 of the Ekiti State Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Ekiti State 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.”